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CDL Drivers Will Require Examinations by Certified Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will soon require drivers with Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) to be examined by medical professionals whom it has certified.

The new safety rule, which begins this month, pertains to health care professionals who perform medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers. It requires such providers to be trained, tested and certified on the specific physical qualifications that affect a driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle. The FMCSA final rule also creates a national online database of certified providers. “Highway safety has been, and continues to be, our highest priority,” said Rodney Kuhl, Commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). “The men and women who operate commercial motor vehicles are critical players in our highway safety effort. It is in the public interest to do what we can to ensure that those operators are medically fit to drive,” Commissioner Kuhl said. FMCSA developed the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners final rule as part of the agency’s commitment to enhancing the medical oversight of interstate drivers and preventing commercial vehicle-related crashes, injuries and fatalities. This rule addresses National Transportation Safety Board recommendations on comprehensive training for medical examiners and tracking of driver medical certificates. Beginning May 21, 2014, all new CDL drivers or those needing to renew their medical certificates must obtain an examination from a certified medical examiner. A Department of Transportation medical exam involves checking a range of conditions to determine a driver’s medical fitness, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory and muscular functions, vision and hearing. All commercial drivers must pass a Department of Transportation medical examination at least every two years in order to obtain a valid medical certificate, maintain a CDL and legally drive a commercial motor vehicle.

Kentucky has about 150,000 CDL holders, including operators of commercial motor vehicles over 26,000 pounds, federally placarded hazardous material vehicles, school buses and other vehicles that can carry 16 or more passengers. Information about the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and a list of certified professionals in every state can be found at https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov.​

EPA Releases Case Study on Green Infrastructure

The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure

A recent EPA report, ” The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure: A Case Study of Lancaster, Pennsylvania,” highlights the economic benefits of 20 green infrastructure projects in the city of Lancaster. Permeable pavements, including porous asphalt pavements, are credited for about 26 percent of the reduction in stormwater runoff. The report projects savings of $121 million over 25 years for the city thanks to the decreased volume of waste water that would otherwise requirement treatment and storage.

NCAT Biannual Newsletter

NCAT Spring 2014 NewsletterThe National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University has released its biannual newsletter, which details developments in asphalt technology practice and research at the center. Topics covered in this issue include: a look at the Concrete Sustainability Hub’s theories on pavement and fuel consumption, cold central plant recycling, rejuvenators, MEPDG implementation, and warm-mix asphalt and density. http://www.eng.auburn.edu/research/centers/ncat/info-pubs/newsletters/spring-2014/index.html

Top Traits U.S. Drivers Want From Roads

Top Traits U.S. Drivers Want From RoadsA new survey from the Asphalt Pavement Alliance finds U.S. drivers want to see greater investment in maintaining roads and a focus on ensuring a high level of drivability.

The national survey of 3,085 drivers and commercial truck drivers found that drivers prefer well-maintained, safe, and smooth roadways and they recognize that ensuring those qualities requires periodic maintenance and financial investment.

The survey comes as Congress faces reauthorization of U.S. transportation and infrastructure funding this fall and a looming revenue shortfall for the Federal Highway Trust Fund this summer.

“These results emphasize the need to increase investment in our nation’s aging infrastructure and to put a greater emphasis on ensuring a consistent level of drivability for road users,” said Mike Acott, President of the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

Peter Grass, President of the Asphalt Institute stated, “Asphalt pavements offer the affordability, ease of construction, ease of maintenance, and structural longevity necessary to meet public demands for smooth pavements with a high level of drivability.”

The survey was conducted by Edelman Berland. To download a copy of the info graphic highlighting the survey results, visit www.DriveAsphalt.org/Drivers

KENTUCKY HIGHWAY INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS

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The Kentucky Highway Industries (KHI) Scholarship Committee, co-chaired by Bryce Walker, The Walker Company, and Pat Judd, Gaddie-Shamrock, LLC, recently announced their 2014 Scholarship Award Recipients.  The total allocation of $59,500 will be distributed to the students during the 2014-2015 school year. Since 1998, $555,500 has been awarded to deserving students to help them achieve their educational goals.  Congratulations and good luck to the following students.

Associate Degree- $2,000.00

Jake Horton of Versailles, KY.  Jake’s parent, Gaye Horton, is employed by the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association in Frankfort, KY.  Jake is attending Bluegrass Community & Technical College and pursuing a business management degree.

Bachelor’s Degree – Freshman – $2,500.00

Emma Conley of Brooksville, KY.  Emma’s parent Leonard Conley, is employed by Carmeuse Lime & Stone in Butler, KY.  Emma plans to pursue an elementary education degree at Kentucky Christian University.

Savannah Day of Owingsville, KY.  Savannah’s parent, Shane Day, is employed by The Walker Company in Mt. Sterling, KY.  Savannah is planning to pursue a degree in chemistry at Eastern Kentucky University.

Cole Hamilton of Owensboro, KY.  Cole’s parent, Jeff Hamilton, is employed by Yager Materials in Owensboro, KY.  Cole plans to pursue a degree in agribusiness.

Matthew Hinkle of Williamsburg, KY.  Matthew’s parent, Gary Hinkle, is employed by Hinkle Contracting Company, LLC in Somerset, KY.  Matthew plans to pursue an agribusiness degree at Eastern Kentucky University.

Katherine Hooven of Georgetown, KY.  Katherine’s parent, Jeffery Hooven, is employed by Intech Contracting, LLC of Lexington, KY.  Katherine plans to pursue a degree in special education at Eastern Kentucky University.

Erin Horton of Versailles, KY.  Erin’s parent, Gaye Horton, is employed by the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association in Frankfort, KY.  Erin plans to pursue a biology degree at the University of Kentucky.

Austin Varner of Scottsville, KY.  Austin’s parents, Brian and Tara Varner, are employed by Scotty’s Contracting & Stone, LLC in Bowling Green, KY.  Austin plans to pursue a civil engineering degree at Western Kentucky University. 

Cortland Watson of Stanton, KY.  Cortland’s grandparent, Lloyd Watson, is employed by Hinkle Contracting Company, LLC in Paris, KY.  Cortland plans to pursue a civil engineering degree at the University of Kentucky.

Jeffrey Whalen of Paris, KY.  Jeffrey’s parent, Tami Whalen, is employed by Hinkle Contracting Company, LLC in Paris, KY.  Jeffrey plans to pursue a business degree at the University of Louisville.

Bachelor’s Degree – Sophomore – $2,500.00

Sarah Eaton of Tompkinsville, KY.  Sarah’s parent, Tim Eaton, is employed by Glass Aggregates in Glasgow, KY.  Sarah is pursuing a nursing degree at Western Kentucky University.

Hannah Evans of Lexington, KY. Hannah’s parent, Martin Evans, is employed by Bizzack Construction, LLC in Lexington, KY.  Hanna is pursuing a business administration degree at the University of Kentucky.

Holly Brook Hounchell of Cynthiana, KY.  Holly’s parent, Angela Hounchell, is employed by Mountain Enterprises in Lexington, KY.  Holly is pursuing a degree in computer information systems at Morehead State University.

Brandon Watkins of Cynthiana, KY.  Brandon’s parent, Diana Watkins, is employed by Judy Construction Company in Cynthiana, KY.  Brandon is pursuing an engineering degree at the University of Kentucky. 

Bachelor’s Degree – Junior – $2,500.00

Lindsay Cissell of Campbellsville, KY. Lindsay’s parent, Tim Cissell, is employed by Nally & Haydon in Lebanon, KY.  Lindsay is attending Campbellsville University and pursuing a degree in elementary education.

Cassandra Cochran of Glasgow, KY.  Cassandra’s parent, Jimmie Cochran, is employed by Scott & Murphy, Inc. in Bowling Green, KY.  Cassandra is pursuing a degree in business at Brescia University.

Shane Mattox of Carlisle, KY.  Shane’s grandparent, Kenneth Mattox, is employed by Hinkle Contracting, Co., LLC in Lexington, KY.  Shane is pursuing a government degree at Morehead State University.

Cory McCauley of Cynthiana, KY.  Cory’s parent, Glenn McCauley is employed by Hinkle Contracting, Co., LLC in Paris, KY.  Cory is pursuing a degree in broadcasting at Western Kentucky University.

Laken McKinney of Ashland, KY.  Laken’s parent, Raymond McKinney, is employed by Whayne Supply Company in Ashland, KY.  Laken is pursuing a business management degree at the University of Pikeville.

James Sowers of Smiths Grove, KY.  James’ parent, Edmond Sowers, is employed by Scotty’s Contracting & Stone, LLC in Bowling Green, KY.  James is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at Western Kentucky University.

Bachelor’s Degree – Senior – $2,500.00

Emily Coyle of Jackson, KY.  Emily’s parent, Wilson Coyle, is employed by Hinkle Contracting Co., LLC in Jackson, KY.  Emily is pursuing a biology degree at Alice Lloyd College.

Meagan Hammer of Glasgow, KY.  Meagan’s parent, David Hammer, is employed by Scotty’s Contracting & Stone, LLC in Bowling Green, KY.  Meagan is pursuing a music education degree at Western Kentucky University.

Kayla Johnson of Shepherdsville, KY.  Kayla’s parent, Dawn Johnson, is employed by Whayne Supply Company in Louisville, KY. Kayla is pursuing an accounting degree at the University of Louisville.

Britt Davis Rhodes, Jr. of Louisville, KY.  Davis’ parent, Britt Rhodes, is employed by Aggregate Manufacturing International, LLC in Martinsville, IN.  Davis is pursuing a business and economics degree at the University of Kentucky.

The Kentucky Highway Industries, based in Frankfort, is comprised of the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association, Plantmix Asphalt Industry of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors.

Secretary Foxx Sends Transportation Bill to Congress

Anthony_Foxx_official_portraitWASHINGTON (April 29, 2014) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today unveiled a long-term transportation bill he is sending to Congress for consideration as the House and Senate face looming deadlines to avoid the economic uncertainty and job loss that would ensue if the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money this summer. The GROW AMERICA Act reflects President Obama’s vision for a four-year surface transportation reauthorization bill that would create millions of jobs and lay the foundation for long-term competitiveness, rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges while providing much-needed certainty for local and state governments and addressing the country’s future needs. 

“I visited eight states and 13 cities as part of my Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour this month and everywhere I went, I heard the same thing – people want more transportation options and better roads and bridges to get them where they need to go,” said Secretary Foxx. “Failing to act before the Highway Trust Fund runs out is unacceptable – and unaffordable. This proposal offers the kind of job creation and certainty that the American people want and deserve. I have been pleased to see that members of both parties are already working together to solve these challenges, and I look forward to continuing our discussion and to supporting and building on the good work that’s already been done.” 

On February 26, Secretary Foxx joined President Obama to announce a plan to address the nation’s infrastructure deficit with a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal. As outlined in the FY2015 budget, the plan will invest in our national infrastructure network, increase safety and efficiency, and provide greater access to ladders of opportunity, all without adding to the deficit, by relying on the President’s proposed pro-growth business tax reforms. 

The GROW AMERICA Act is based on this plan, and represents a number of proposals that have historically attracted bipartisan support including: 

• Addressing the shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund and providing an additional $87 billion to address the nation’s backlog of deficient bridges and aging transit systems;

• Creating millions of new jobs to ensure America’s future competitiveness;

• Increasing safety across all modes of surface transportation, including increasing the civil penalties the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can levy against automakers who fail to act quickly on vehicle recalls;
• Providing certainty to state and local governments that must engage in long-term planning;
• Reducing project approval and permitting timelines while delivering better outcomes for communities and the environment;
• Bolstering efficient and reliable freight networks to support trade and economic growth; and
• Creating incentives to better align planning and investment decisions to comprehensively address regional economic needs while strengthening local decision-making.

“GROW AMERICA makes the sizable investment needed to improve our country’s roads and bridges,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau. “Improving U.S. infrastructure is a national priority, and will ensure America’s economy remains robust for generations yet to come.”

“The Administration’s proposal makes forward-leaning investments in ladders to economic opportunity for the many millions of Americans who want to work, or simply need a reliable and safe way to get to work,” said Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan. “The GROW AMERICA Act will put thousands of Americans to work on repairing and expanding our aging transit infrastructure, while training women, minorities, and veterans to fill the jobs gap in transit through innovative new workforce development programs.”

 “The GROW AMERICA Act will provide rail with a predictable, dedicated funding source and the tools needed to drive the next generation of rail safety and development,” said Joseph C. Szabo, Federal Railroad Administrator.  “It lays out a comprehensive strategy to eliminate risk on railroads through data-driven enforcement, proactive safety programs that identify risk in advance, and strong capital investment.  The safety gains identified in the bill, coupled with new investments in a higher performance rail network will move rail into the 21st Century.”        

 “Commercial bus travel is increasingly popular and this legislation will build on our unprecedented efforts to make it even safer by expanding oversight to bus ticket brokers and the locations where motorcoaches can be inspected,” said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “In addition, it will ensure fair pay for long-distance bus and truck drivers who are often paid by the miles they travel, not their total time on-duty, and face economic pressure to jeopardize safety by driving beyond the mandatory limits.”

 “Whether traveling by motor vehicle, walking or bicycling, we are committed to ensuring that Americans reach their destinations safely. Our approach will continue to support both safer behavior and safer vehicles to prevent deaths and injuries on our roadways,” said Acting Administrator David Friedman, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “As the nation’s top regulator of the automotive industry, we hold manufacturers accountable for defect and compliance issues regarding their products and are seeking to further our ability to do so in the future, including increasing civil penalty limits nearly 10 times to $300 million.”

“On a typical day, more than 6.1 million tons of hazmat move throughout our nation’s transportation network,” said Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administrator Cynthia Quarterman.  “The GROW AMERICA Act promotes efficiencies and improvements that will help PHMSA ensure that the transport of hazmat by road, rail, air and water continues to move safely and efficiently.”

Earlier this month, Secretary Foxx traveled across the country on his Invest in America, Commit to the Futurebus tour, with visits to manufacturers, bridges, freight facilities, and highway projects to raise awareness of America’s infrastructure deficit. Secretary Foxx met with business leaders, stakeholders and members of communities to discuss the projects that work, projects that are needed, and to ask them to commit to a future with an American transportation system that’s second-to-none.

 In the face of current uncertainty of federal transportation investment, many states have postponed or canceled needed transportation projects altogether. And without additional investment, deficiencies in our nation’s infrastructure will cost businesses more than $1 trillion every year in lost sales. Despite this growing need, the Highway Trust Fund, which provides most of the federal support for state transportation projects, is on track to start bouncing checks as early as August. In January, the Department of Transportation began posting a ticker online so the American people can track the remaining funds, available here.

Source: US DOT Web Site – http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOT/bulletins/b44fa8

Highway Trust Fund Will Encounter a Shortfall Before the End of Fiscal Year

Chart depicting month-end balances for Highway Trust Fund, actual and predicted for F.Y. 2014

Based on current spending and revenue trends, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund will encounter a shortfall before the end of fiscal year (FY) 2014.

  • The Highway Account began FY 2014 with approximately $1.6 billion in cash.
  • A $9.7 billion transfer from the General Fund to the Highway Account was processed shortly after the start of the fiscal year ($10.4 billion authorized in MAP-21, reduced by sequestration).
  • The surface transportation program continues to outlay at a greater pace than receipts are coming in.  As a result, the cash balance has dropped by nearly $3.5 billion since the General Fund transfer occurred.  As of March 28, 2014, the Highway Account cash balance was $8.4 billion.

Mass Transit Account

Chart depicting month end balances of the Mass Transit Account, actual and predicted for F.Y. 2014

Based on current spending and revenue trends, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund will have a balance of approximately $1 billion at the end of FY 2014.

  • The Mass Transit Account began FY 2014 with approximately $2.5 billion in cash.
  • A $2 billion transfer from the General Fund to the Mass Transit Account was processed shortly after the start of the fiscal year ($2.2 billion authorized in MAP-21, reduced by sequestration).
  • As of March 28, 2014, the Mass Transit Account cash balance was $3.2 billion.
Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – Source – United States DOT – http://www.dot.gov/highway-trust-fund-ticker

2013 Fatality Count Official: Total Drops to 64-Year Low

Kentucky Highway SafetyFRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2014) — Kentucky highway fatalities dropped to a 64-year low in 2013; a 14 percent reduction in deaths over 2012. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) today released final statistics for 2013. There were 638 fatalities last year, a dramatic improvement from 746 fatalities in 2012.  

“The good news is that 108 fewer lives were lost,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “The bad news is that 638 people lost loved ones on Kentucky roadways – a number that is unacceptable, as one fatality is too many.”

Gov. Beshear’s Executive Committee on Highway Safety has a strategic highway safety plan titled “Toward Zero Deaths,” which focuses on four critical elements: engineering, education, enforcement and emergency response.

Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, the governor’s designated highway safety representative and chair of the committee, said the data-driven, comprehensive plan includes collaboration from stakeholders at every level — federal, state, local and private — to identify safety needs and guide investment decisions. 

“If our effort results in just one life being saved, it will have been worth it,” said Secretary Hancock. “However, as our plan indicates, we will not rest until the number is zero.” 

Of the 638 fatalities last year, 483 were in motor vehicles. Of those killed, 245 were not buckled up and 138 of fatalities involved drugs or alcohol. Motorcyclists accounted for 79 fatalities, with 53 not wearing helmets.

“While the fatality decrease is an improvement, the numbers indicate many motorists still do not realize the responsibility that comes with a license,” said KOHS Director Bill Bell. “We hope by combining our educational efforts with state and local law enforcement and other safety partners, we will continue to raise public awareness of laws and safe driving practices.”

The KOHS offers various highway safety educational programs to the public, distributes federal highway safety grants to state and local highway safety agencies, and promotes the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving campaign and the new “U Text.  U Drive.  U Pay” texting while driving campaign.   

“We’re heading in the right direction, but we need the public’s help,” said Bell.  “Everyone must take responsibility and follow all traffic laws, such as wearing a seat belt, driving sober, not texting while driving and obeying the speed limit.”

For more information, visit www.highwaysafety.ky.gov.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Visit to Ohio River Bridges Project

KBT and Sec. Foxx 4.15.14 (2)LOUISVILLE, Ky. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Congressman John Yarmuth and state and local officials today at the $2.34 billion Ohio River Bridges project, calling it “an example for the nation” of the sort of large-scale job creation and transportation investment that Congress can make possible by reauthorizing a long-term transportation bill this year.  The Secretary’s visit is part of his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

“Projects like the Ohio River Bridges not only create jobs, but also lay the foundation for long-term economic growth for entire regions and industries,” said Secretary Foxx. “I’m traveling across the country all week to highlight projects like this that show the difference we can make if we invest in America and commit to the future – because just fixing what we have today isn’t going to help us meet the transportation needs of the future.”

The Ohio River Bridges project, one of the largest public works projects in the country, is a project led jointly by Kentucky and Indiana to build a new I-65 bridge over the Ohio River, repair the Kennedy Bridge, reconstruct the I-64/I-65/I-71 Kennedy Interchange and build a new SR-265 East End facility that includes a new bridge over the Ohio River and a tunnel connecting to the I-265 Gene Snyder Freeway. When completed, these improvements will significantly improve traffic safety and double capacity between southern Indiana and Louisville.

State officials estimate the project will support more than 4,000 construction, engineering and supply-related jobs. A recent economic-impact study by the Indiana Department of Transportation (DOT) shows the project will generate nearly $87 billion in economic impact and create more than 15,000 jobs over the next 30 years. An investment of $1.03 billion in federal highway funds, $337 million in GARVEE bonds, and $452 million in a TIFIA loan helped make this project a reality.

In 2003, the Federal Highway Administration approved a plan calling for two new bridges and a reconfiguration of the Kennedy Interchange in Louisville. Later, design changes led by Kentucky

Gov. Steve Beshear, former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and others reduced the project’s estimated cost from $4.1 to $2.3 billion – a 44 percent savings – by eliminating some elements of the project’s original design. The project was to be completed in 2018 but contractors cut construction time by 18 months. It is now expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Not only will this project improve driver safety and significantly reduce congestion along the key economic corridor over the Ohio River between southern Indiana and Louisville, it will bring Louisville-area residents their first new bridges in a half-century.

After visiting the project, Secretary Foxx spoke about the Administration’s plan to address the infrastructure deficit with a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal.  The plan will invest in our national infrastructure network, increase safety and efficiency and provide greater access to ladders of opportunity, all without adding to the deficit.  Later this month, Secretary Foxx and President Obama will send a bill to Congress that will make this vision a reality and put more Americans back to work repairing and modernizing our roads, bridges, railways, and transit systems.

“Throughout our history, Americans have always been able to leave their children a brighter future, thanks in part to the opportunities transportation has provided,” said Secretary Foxx. “We are at risk of failing our children. We need to not only invest in America, but commit to the future – not only rebuild and repair our roads and bridges, but reimagine how we do it.”

Secretary Foxx’s Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour is taking him through eight states in five days.  The tour includes visits to manufacturers, bridges, freight facilities and highway projects in an effort to raise awareness of America’s infrastructure needs.  Secretary Foxx is visiting with business leaders, stakeholders and community members to discuss how transportation projects are making a difference, and to highlight infrastructure gaps that we need to fill in order to promote economic growth and American competitiveness.

Source: United States Department of Transportation  – http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/us-transportation-secretary-foxx-calls-transportation-investment-during-visit-ohio

Ford Motor Company’s MyKey Help Safer Driving with Louisville Paving Company

  • Ford MyKeyExclusive Ford MyKey® technology, designed to encourage safe teen driving habits, is also being used by fleet owners to encourage safer driving habits among employees 
  • When enabled, MyKey encourages front seat occupants to wear safety belts, limits top vehicle speed and can route incoming calls directly to the voicemail of paired phones 
  • 2014 Transit Connect, a smart choice for business fleets, is one of the latest Ford vehicles  to feature MyKey as standard equipment with XLT van, XLT wagon and Titanium trim packages 

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For Joe Dougherty, Ford Motor Company’s MyKey® technology is a feature his family’s construction company uses to help keep their drivers safe. 

MyKey, a tool that parents of teen drivers can use to encourage safer driving habits, is also an attractive technology for many fleet managers. MyKey debuted as standard equipment on the 2010 Ford Focus; it is now standard on nearly all Ford and Lincoln models. 

Dougherty, president of Kentucky-based Louisville Paving Company, said his drivers need to be aware of their surroundings, and must be able to concentrate on busy, noisy construction sites. Thirty of his company’s vehicles are now equipped with MyKey, which allows owners to program a key that can limit a vehicle’s top speed and audio volume, and encourage safety belt use. The technology also routes incoming calls directly to voicemail on paired phones. 

Louisville Paving Company, which was started by the Dougherty family in 1949, is a full-service contractor involved in highway and heavy construction. Dougherty plans to purchase more Ford vehicles with MyKey because he wants to put his employees in a position to focus on driving, even when working on unpredictable job sites. 

“With us, safety is the No. 1 priority,” said Dougherty. “These job sites can be high-risk situations if drivers are distracted by the radio, phone calls or texts.” 

One of the most recent applications of MyKey technology is the 2014 Ford Transit Connect, which has become popular with businesses for its fuel efficiency and class-leading configuration options. 

“MyKey has been a great tool for fleet managers, giving them a technology that encourages good driving habits for their employees,” said Megan Gillam, commercial vehicles brand and fleet communications manager for Ford Motor Company. “Many companies have safe driving guidelines for fleet vehicles, and MyKey serves as a reinforcement of some of those basic rules.” 

Louisville Paving Company leases its fleet vehicles from Enterprise Fleet Management, which markets MyKey as a safety tool useful for businesses.
 
“The versatility of MyKey for fleet owners makes it a great feature for our customers,” said Kevin Kelley, Assistant Vice President of Business Development at Enterprise Fleet Management. “The feedback from our customers who select it as a feature has been positive, with several stating they’d like to have it added in future orders.”

Some of the features and settings on MyKey include the ability to: 

  • Limit vehicle top speed to 80 mph, or lower on some models 
  • Issue a warning when the vehicle is at or within 5 mph of reaching the preset maximum speed 
  • Limit vehicle’s entertainment system audio to 45 percent of maximum volume 
  • Sound a chime and mute the audio system until safety belts are buckled 
  • Route incoming calls directly to voicemail 
  • Issue an additional low-fuel warning when the fuel tank is one-eighth full

For the complete report and more info about the Ford Motor Company, click here https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2014/04/03/exclusive-ford-mykey-technology-helps-encourage-safer-driving-in.html

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