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Safety for Drivers

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Safety for Drivers

  1. 1. Protection of drivers Draft 9 30 2016
  2. 2. Expressway shootings are increasing • Illinois State Police data showed that 19 shootings were reported in 2014 and 16 were reported in 2013. • In total, there have been 41 shootings on Chicago-area expressways so far this year. That's compared to 39 total shootings on expressways in 2015.
  3. 3. Why so many shootings? • People on the road are defenseless — unable to detect or focus on approaching trouble because they're already focused on driving. • Shootings can be random. • Gang violence can spill onto expressways.
  4. 4. Shooting examples • A semi driver was shot in the face and seriously wounded as he drove north on the Dan Ryan Expressway near Chicago’s 95th Street. • May 19, 2016. • Two people were shot on the the inbound lanes of Interstate 290 in Chicago. • The driver was shot five times. The passenger was grazed. • August 13, 2016.
  5. 5. Sep 2016 • 2 Dead, 1 Wounded in Separate Shootings on Eisenhower Expressway Hours Apart • Illinois State Police said the shooting happened just after noon Thursday on Interstate 290 in the eastbound lanes near the exit ramp to Central Avenue • Just before 6 a.m., ISP officers responded to reports of shots being fired in the westbound lanes of I-290 near Laramie Avenue, officials said.
  6. 6. Chicago-area expressway shooting map for 2015
  7. 7. Security window films to prevent breakage • Bullet-resistant film keeps broken glass from flying everywhere. • Security films are made from multi-ply sheets of biaxially- oriented polyethylene terephthalate o It’s a sturdy version of the same plastic used for pop bottles. • It’s not as effective as bullet-proof glass, but it’s much safer than regular windows.
  8. 8. Films can prevent window breakage • Video: 3M™ Scotchshield™ Automotive Security Film Demonstration • Security films protect you and your car by blocking heat from the sun, increasing your privacy and holding broken glass together. • They increase the amount of time and effort it takes thieves to enter your vehicle, deterring property crime.
  9. 9. Film installers for vehicles Z Tech 1572 W. Ogden Ave., Naperville, Illinois 60540 Phone: (630) 355-9555 Auto Tinting and Rock Guard 2602 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 Phone: (855) 705-7470 Ext. 247 Xtreme Auto Glass and Window Tint 131 S LoLande Ave, Addison, IL 60101 Phone: (855) 705-7470 Ext. 823 Midwest Glass Tinters (847) 487-8777 260 Jamie Lane Suite C Wauconda, IL 60084
  10. 10. Preventing violence against taxi and for-hire drivers • Taxi drivers are over 20 times more likely to be murdered on the job than other workers. • Working conditions can be safer if employers and drivers recognize hazards and use proven measures to prevent violent incidents.
  11. 11. Reducing risks that may lead to violence Taxi drivers face many of the same risk factors as other workers in potentially violent occupations. • These include working: o With cash (making them targets for robbery). o Alone and in isolated areas. o At night and in poorly lit settings. o In high-crime areas. o With people under the influence of alcohol. Reducing risks requires employers and/or taxi drivers to assess their potential hazards and ways to reduce them, like: o Barriers – bullet-resistant glass between drivers and passengers prevent robberies, injuries and death. o Security cameras – discourage violent behavior and aides in identifying passengers, if an assault does occur. o Credit card payments – limiting cash in the taxi discourages robberies.
  12. 12. OSHA: Employer responsibilities and worker rights Employers are responsible for taking measures to protect the health and safety of their workers. • Section 5(a)(1)provides that “Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees” [29 U.S.C. 654(a)(1)]. It is the duty of drivers to follow proper safety procedures. For more information: Worker Rights Section 11(c)(1) [29 U.S.C. 660(c)].
  13. 13. Safely driving through a dangerous neighborhood Determine if a neighborhood is dangerous: • Condition of the neighborhood: run down, unkempt buildings, weeds growing everywhere, broken windows. • Government owned property: broken or missing street signs, lamp posts and fire hydrants. When traveling through a dangerous neighborhood, keep the following tips in mind: • Try to plan your route to avoid possible bad neighborhoods. Waze, a traffic and navigation app, lets you avoid crime hotspots. • Secure your car by locking your doors and rolling up windows. • Don't stop. Travel through the neighborhood. Don't stop to ask for directions or stop at a convenience store. Just keep going.
  14. 14. What to do if stopped in a dangerous neighborhood If your car breaks down or if you get stopped or attacked while in a dangerous neighborhood, follow these tips: • Do what the criminal says. If you want to keep you and your family safe, comply with whatever the criminal says. Most times they just want your possessions, which can be replaced. • Get their physical description. Race, height, weight, hair, and eye color are all helpful information for law enforcement. Clothing and facial hair are good too, but those can be changed. • Seek help. You are more likely to find help inside of a business than someone out on the street. Go inside of a business and ask to call the local authorities.

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