November 19, 2018

Somerset Rural Carriers “Light Up” for Safety This Holiday Season

Amber Warning Strobe Lights to be issued to eight rural carrier vehicles to improve visibility on delivery routes

Stobe Light Safety Distribution

What:

Somerset rural carriers will be furnished with DT MOTO Amber Warning Strobe Lights to help them be recognized more clearly by other motorists while they are delivering mail.

In 1987, when the USPS unveiled the Long Life Vehicle (LLV), there were 8,313,799 registered personal vehicles in Pennsylvania and nationally there were 800,000 activated cell phones. In 2015, there were 11,974,651 POVs in Pennsylvania and nationally there were 300 million cell phones. 

With the increased level of traffic on the roadways and the significant increase in distractions, the Western PA District is being proactive in keeping their letter carriers safe in the performance of their duties.

Rural carriers will be furnished with strobe lights, install them and flash them in unison.

Who:

Somerset Postmaster Robert Shaw Jr.; Western PA District Human Resources Manager Ken Pawlowski and Somerset rural carriers.

When:

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
11:00 a.m.

Where:

Somerset Post Office
201 N. Center Avenue
Somerset, PA 15501

Background:  

The USPS is proud of its safety record and equally proud of postal employees who daily provide excellent customer service. Whereas, rural carriers often drive their own vehicles, on the job, and receive a stipend for upkeep, the Western PA District decided to purchase these important safety devices for rural carriers throughout the District. Rural carriers are often delivering mail on the side of the road making them difficult to be seen by other motorists. These high-intensity LED strobe lights can alert other motorists from hundreds of feet away.

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