Safety comes first for Puerto Rico's truck drivers
Puerto Rico’s Be Road Safe campaign was primarily targeted at Puma Energy’s truck drivers, who spend up to ten hours a day transporting our highly flammable products across the country.
Nearly 11 million barrels of Puma Energy products are transported every year in Puerto Rico. There are already 55 drivers working on behalf of Puma Energy Caribe and that number is set to grow over the coming years.
As part of Be Road Safe the Guaynabo 1 Terminal was covered in banners and balloons and as drivers waited for their trucks to be loaded on the day of the launch, they were handed Be Road Safe caps, bags and safety vests.
The drivers then watched an expert presentation outlining the biggest risks to road safety in Puerto Rico before taking part in a photo shoot next to the campaign safety messages.
There are around 440 deaths a year due to road accidents in Puerto Rico and the biggest causes of accidents are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and drunk driving. Between 2002 and 2011, speeding caused 45% of all accidents in Puerto Rico. Using a mobile phone while driving is also a growing risk to road safety despite being outlawed since the beginning of January 2013.
The road safety presentation was repeated several times during the day, reaching in the region of 45 drivers. Puma Energy’s Retail, Environmental Health and Safety, Business-to-Business and Business Support teams were also in attendance, as well as the Management team from one of Puma Energy’s transport companies.