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Albany Transit Kicks Off Safety Campaign

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David Hamilton, Director of Albany Transit David Hamilton, Director of Albany Transit
Lamont King, Passenger Lamont King, Passenger
Kim Bennett, Passenger Kim Bennett, Passenger
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Albany Transit System kicks off a campaign to educate bus operators and passengers on the importance of bus safety. They say they want to be recognized as one of the top transit systems in the state. Leaders hope to accomplish that goal through their "Safety is Priority 1" Campaign.    

Albany Transit operators are kicking off the "Safety is Priority 1" campaign in style. Proudly wearing their T-shirts and hats to emphasize the importance of transit safety. The campaign was celebrated today at the Albany Transit headquarters.    

"We just want to show them our appreciation and to let them know that "Safety is Priority 1," said Hamilton.  The campaign focuses on training and educating bus operators and passengers on the importance of safety.    

"Having staff get out and ride the buses to talk to the passengers and educate them on the importance of holding on to handrails, straps," said Hamilton.  

Lamont King rides the bus everyday and says most passengers are distracted on the bus.  

"Be all on the phone talking and not paying attention to where the bus going, or turning or either trying to grab the rail to hold on," said King.  

King says the campaign is a good idea.  

"I think they need to do a training exercise to let people aware of the safeness of riding the bus," said King.  

Safety belts for wheelchair passengers will also be addressed. Training materials have already been purchased for the drivers. Passenger Kim Bennett says he's pleased with how drivers keep passengers safe.  

"You know it's pretty much safe. The older people when they come on the bus they lower the bus and let them get on and strap them in," said Bennett.  

Hamilton says transit officials will hold public meetings and continue to make their stance in the community to address the importance of transit safety. Those blue campaign T-shirts will be worn by drivers on the first Friday of each month.

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