By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Drivers behind the wheel of public transportation were rewarded for ensuring a safe ride home to 790,000 passengers this year.
Pictured from left at the 18th annual Safe Driver/Safe Worker awards breakfast: CAO Norm Levac, Gerry Beaulieu, 20-year pin, George Secord, 22-year pin, Roger Lacelle, 23-year pin, Terry Malette, 24-year pin, Len Tapp, Cornwall Transit division manager , 24-year pin, Jean Marcil, training officer/shift supervisor, 12-year pin, Dave Ingram, 25 year-pin, Dominic Jodoin, Don Black, operator, Gilles Lafrance, Robert Liscomb, John St. Marseille, P.Eng., P.Geo., general manager, infrastructure & municipal works.
Cornwall Transit operators and maintenance staff were presented with certificates and pins for long service, safe driving and safe working records at a ceremony with 18 years of tradition.
"The safety of our riders is very important to us and the enviable safe driving record of our employees reflects that this is something drivers take to heart,” said Len Tapp, division manager of Cornwall Transit.
Since Cornwall bus operators drive twice the amount of an average person in a year, travelling safely is a top priority for transit.
The criteria they use for its safe driving program complies with the standards established by the Ontario Safety League and the Canadian Urban Transit Association.
Among the employees recognized at the awards breakfast were seven transit operators with safe driving records of 20 or more years. They included George Secord (21 years), Dave Ingram (24 years), Kevin Lafave (28 years), Terry Mallette (23 years), Annette Piche (21 years), Roger Lascelle (22 years) and Gilles Lafrance (20 years).
For information on transit schedules, fares and more, visit www.CornwallTransit.ca.