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Fri, Sept. 18

Mandatory defensive driving for all TC District employees

Photo by Byron Poocha/TC District Media Team
Orson Bigman, Head Bus Driver for Tuba City DistrictÕs Transportation Department, gives TC District employees their mandatory four-hour coursework on defensive driving to be able to utilize and operate any and all TCUSD vehicles during their work assignments. TCUSD plans to make this an annual requirement for all its employees.

Photo by Byron Poocha/TC District Media Team Orson Bigman, Head Bus Driver for Tuba City DistrictÕs Transportation Department, gives TC District employees their mandatory four-hour coursework on defensive driving to be able to utilize and operate any and all TCUSD vehicles during their work assignments. TCUSD plans to make this an annual requirement for all its employees.

TUBA CITY -- There are not many school districts that would take the safety and maintenance of its school vehicles this seriously. Tuba City District has decided that education is not only for their students, but also for their 500 plus-staff members, when it comes to driving and being responsible behind the wheel of district-owned cars and vans.

A series of "defensive driving" classes requires all TC District employees to be better and more alert in their driving school assignments, particularly for uses in staff travel and off-reservation training. In fact, employees are "certified state school drivers" when the four-hour coursework is completed.

Another TC District school policy requires that if any damage is done to a school vehicle, all damages are the driver's responsibility while its in his or her care.

Already held twice this summer, the course will be offered several more times before the summer is over and the school year begins on the new modified school calendar, which starts on Aug. 1 for all staff.

There were three areas of instruction for the detailed defensive driving course, which included, "Driving Conditions," "Unsafe Driving Behaviors" and "Aggressive Driving."

Orson Bigman, the head bus driver for Tuba City District, was instructor for this coursework which included all levels of employees at TC District.

Identifying conditions of driving, increasing awareness, reducing hazards, avoiding crashes and violations of the road, identifying aggressive driving behaviors in oneself and others on the road as well as techniques to maintain personal safety for your car and its precious contents were the focus of this half-day course.

For more information on the "Defensive Driving Training" course, call the Tuba City District Department of Transportation at 928-283-1071 and ask for Angie Jenkins or the Tuba City District Office of Public Relations at 928-283-1072.

(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)

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