65-2 #73 November 22, 2006
Safety Message #17 - Defensive Driving
UFA Health and Safety Officer / Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Romaka wishes to remind the Membership to take their safety responsibilities seriously at all times. We will continue to highlight and remind our members of "safe actions" as spelled out by the Department. Stay well and stay safe!
The FDNY Safety Bulletin #9, "Defensive Driving" summarizes its message and intent with the following passage:
Safety comes from the man's mastery of his environment and of himself. It is won by individual effort and group cooperation. It can be achieved only by informed, alert, skillful people who respect themselves and have a regard for the welfare of others.
Like a boxer in the ring you need to know how and when to "cover" to protect yourself from the other fellow's punches. But unlike the fighter, you want to keep the other driver from getting hurt. "Defensive Driving" is a must to avoid accidents in today's traffic. Once learned and consistently practiced, the principles of "Defensive Driving" become second nature. They simply mean that you drive at all times expecting the other fellow to make an unexpected move which endangers you.
To anticipate any one of the many surprise situations, to remain wary of oncoming traffic, to approach every intersection, every pedestrian, bicyclist, or traffic light with suspicion, to always be prepared to react instantly -- couple this with courtesy and patience -- this is called defensive driving. The chauffeur that drives with all of the above in mind is truly a DEFENSIVE DRIVER.
*Please refer to the full Safety Bulletin #9 and familiarize yourself with its full content. Since the Department's focus seems to be solely on RESPONSE TIMES, there is a strong need to keep focused on a safe response and to operate as safe as possible at all times. The UFA also strongly urges its members to review and understand the Department's Safety Bulletins #6, #10, #27, and #71.
Sergeant-at-Arms/Health & Safety Office
Stephen J. Cassidy
Joseph A. Miccio