Transportation News, Volume 36 Number 6, November/December 2011 Page: 2
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u Feature Story
Letter From John Barton
Interim Deputy Executive Director
The statistics are troubling. Since TxDOT began keeping
records in 1938, more than 50 of our co-workers - our
family members - have been killed by a third party in
work zones. Nineteen others have died while flagging
traffic. Nearly 30 others have lost their lives while work-
ing on a shoulder or the right of way. Those numbers
That's why this past March, we began the Safety:
Mission Zero initiative. The goal is clear: zero fatalities,
zero injuries and zero preventable incidents. To reach
that goal, it requires every district, division, office, region and employee to participate.
That means attending safety briefings and meetings, watching for potential hazards at
our worksites - and correcting them. It means always wearing our personal protective
equipment when we're working on the roadways. It means sharing best safety practices.
Above all, it means making safety not just another program, but a priority. Yes, our goal
is ambitious, but more than that, it is lifesaving.
Our commitment to safety doesn't just end at the workplace. TxDOT invests a lot
of money and time to remind Texans not to drink and drive, to obey the speed limits and
wear their seat belts. Those efforts are making a difference. Last year, Texas achieved
the lowest fatality rate ever recorded since tracking began in 1935.
As the year ends, I'm reminded how demanding it's been. I'm sure 2012 will prove
to be just as busy. We will have to make good on our promises to Texans to continue
to operate leaner, work more efficiently and listen better. We will honor the mandate
of modernization to talk with each other about the best way to approach our jobs,
and to recognize and appreciate the work and contributions of one another.
Thank you for supporting me during my time as interim executive director. When
I started at TxDOT more than 25 years ago, I never thought that would be possible
for a kid from Archer City. It was a dream come true.
And as new Executive Director Phil Wilson takes the helm of this great agency, I am
looking forward to what the new year will bring. I believe it will be one of our finest ever.
Thanks for everything you do; here's to our future success.
Interim Deputy Executive Director
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