Gainesville Daily Register

Local News

November 1, 2013

TAC training helps reinforce driving skills among county employees

Gainesville — By GREG RUSSELL

Register Staff Writer

A government-funded training program made a stop in Gainesville this week as part of a tour conducted by Texas Association of Counties (TAC).

The program came in the form of a giant TAC-themed trailer that included simulators for law enforcement and truckers — all designed to reinforce driving skills among employees who drive county-insured vehicles and equipment.

“We always try to train our employees,” said Pct. 2 Commissioner Leon Klement. “It’s good for public safety and it’s good for the county, and it’s good for our insurance.”

In the coming days, county commissioners and other department members will engage in two-hour defensive driving courses that include simulation time.

“It’s not mandatory, but we sure encourage them to attend,” County Fire Marshal Ray Fletcher said Thursday, adding later that reckless driving isn’t a problem among Cooke County staff. “Most of our employees, fortunately, are a little older and wiser. But we do always want to encourage and reinforce that as a responder, a first responder, if you don’t get there, you didn’t do anybody any good.”

Simulator specialist Don Courtney explained in a release that the TAC program creates real-world driving conditions that replicate scenarios that law enforcement officers or county maintenance drivers may actually enounter when on the road.

Courtney added that the TAC simulator program, now 13 years in use, has trained nearly 6,500 county employees through Texas, and all for the better.

“Studies have shown that driver-training programs effectively reduce risks while educating drivers on safe-driving measures,” Courtney said. “Even professional drivers can slip into bad habits behind the wheel. The simulator training reinforces good driving habits that help improve employee safety and make them better prepared for the unexpected.”

The TAC program is funded by county insurance payments, and the simulation trailer itself costs around $300,000. Pct. 3 Commissioner Al Smith explained Thursday that the cost of the driving program is shared among the counties who are involved with TAC, which is nearly all those in Texas.

But the simulation trailer, he added, has more than paid for itself through the major reduction in accidents — and their expenses — observed throughout the state among county employees in recent years.

“What we’re able to do with the simulator is put people in situations that probably won’t ever happen to them on the road,” Smith said. “But it raises the awareness of what we need to be thinking about.”

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • drug sentence Defendant sentenced to 25 years for cocaine possession

    Carl Andrew Walker, 54, of Wichita, Kan. recently pleaded guilty to the first degree felony offense of possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced by the 235th Distict Court to 25 years confinement.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • donation Landmark bank provides donation

    Landmark Bank recently donated $1,865 to Home Hospice of Cooke County.
    Home Hospice of Cooke County is an institution that cares for those in the final stages of life, regardless of their ability to pay.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • rotary Geyer speaks at Rotary Club

    Sandy Geyer of the Butterfield Stage talks Wednesday to Gainesville Rotary Club members about the organization’s upcoming production “Annie Get Your Gun.”

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Muenster City Council appoints new police chief

    The Muenster City Council appointed Sgt. Tom Barr as the new chief of police after former police chief Mark Blankenship submitted his resignation, according to the July 7 unofficial minutes.

    July 10, 2014

  • 'Annie Get Your Gun' opens July 17

    Ticket sales are brisk for Butterfield “Annie Get Your Gun” — the final production of the 2013-2014 season.

    July 10, 2014

  • Cowboys for CASA to help abused, neglected children

    Vicki Robertson, executive director for Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (CASA), is looking forward to the upcoming Cowboys for CASA fundraiser July 18 at the Gainesville Civic Center when folks from all across the county come together in support of the non profit agency with the mission to provide advocates for abused and neglected children in the foster care system.

    July 10, 2014

  • GEDC Sharp: City still on track for annual budget

    Kent Sharp, executive director of the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) advised the GEDC board Monday that the city is still on track for the $1 million budget for 2013-2014 year ending Sept. 30.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • First State Bank to acquire new branches after merger

    First State Bank is set to have offices in Cooke, Denton, Montague and Wise counties after officials with Chisholm Bancshares, Inc.  signed a definitive agreement with Red River Bancorp, parent company of First State Bank.

    July 9, 2014

  • PTK NCTC honor society wraps up successful year

    North Central Texas College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society recently wrapped up another school year by winning several awards at the PTK International Conference.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Texas confirms first case of West Nile virus

    The Texas Department of State Health Services today confirmed the state’s first case of West Nile illness of the season. DSHS is urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness.

    July 8, 2014

Featured Ads
Poll

What are your plans for the upcoming vacation season?

Stay close to home.
Take the trip of a lifetime.
See more of the fabulous sites in Texas.
Haven't decided.
     View Results
Facebook
Twitter Feed
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
FIFA Rejects Suarez Appeal Against Biting Ban World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Obama Responds to Hecklers on Immigration Chimp-attack Victim Lobbies Congress Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death Thousands Attend NYC Firefighter's Funeral Neighbors Mourn Killing of Texas Family Art of Haitian Machete Fighting Revived Israeli-Palestinian Tensions, Attacks Escalate UN Secretary-General Urges Mideast Ceasefire 'Game of Thrones' Leads Emmy Nominees Raw: Australia Hosts Annual Beer Can Regatta At Texas Border, a Daily Tide of Poor Migrants Raw: Rescuers Push Beached Whale Back to Ocean Mass. Mayor: Families Lost Everything in Fire Four Kids, Two Adults Shot Dead Near Houston Connecticut Boy Dies Inside Parked Car Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup'
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide