Norman James, Manager of Project RoadSafe, a driver safety program produced by the Associated General Contractors of Vermont, was recently recognized by the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance as their Lifesaver of the Year. James was presented the award for his “outstanding ability to motivate others, build, nurture and support programs and partnerships in the highway safety community.”
James originated the RoadSafe program in 2002 at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. In 2005 he moved the program to the Vermont Department of Labor before it became a key segment in the AGC/Vt workplace safety curriculum in 2012.
The mission of Project RoadSafe is to help Vermont businesses create a safe workplace for their employees who drive for work, decrease distracted driving, reduce impaired driving, and increase the use of seat belts.
James is certified by the National Safety Council, AAA, and AARP to instruct their respective driver safety classes. He also provides driver safety refresher classes for AGC’s OSHA and MSHA training courses.
In the past year James has brought the driver safety message to more than 2,000 Vermonters through classes and participation in major trade shows and conferences in Vermont.
The objective of the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance, which is comprised of more than 140 private and non-profit organizations, is to significantly reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes on Vermont’s Highways through a collaborative and unified effort.
In accepting the award, James said being recognized by his peers for his work is just about the highest form of appreciation a person can expect.