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HCC truck driving program to hold safety event

April 20, 2010

Hagerstown Community College's Commercial Vehicle Transportation or truck driving program will host a safety presentation by the Maryland Motor Truck Association Friday, beginning at 9 a.m.

The event will be at Volvo Powertrain in Hagerstown on HCC's truck driving range.

Representatives from the Maryland Motor Truck Association Road Team will speak to HCC truck driving students about the importance of road safety. Guest speaker will be UPS driver Bill Gray of Cumberland, Md., who was hand-picked based on his safe-driving record of 3.8 million miles over the last 31 years. The presentation will be followed by guided tours in an HCC tractor-trailer that is specially designed for teaching purposes. Interested people can travel for a short ride in the truck as Gray discusses safety issues affecting truck drivers today. The truck will be driven by HCC instructor Bob Powell.

The road team is a group of elite, highly-skilled, safety-conscious Maryland truck drivers who take time away from their jobs to reinforce and promote the importance of safety and professionalism in the trucking industry.

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Deborah Bauer, HCC transportation safety specialist, will be present with a driver's education vehicle to discuss the importance of road safety with young drivers. HCC first began offering driver's education courses in 2009. Courses are offered through the College's Continuing Education and Community Services Division.

For more information, call John Cavey at 301-790-2800, ext. 626. To learn more about HCC's Driver's Education Program, contact Bauer at 301-790-2800, ext. 508, or e-mail bauerd@hagerstowncc.edu">bauerd@hagerstowncc.edu.

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