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June 2, 2009

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Well Done- Safe driving competition winner announced

Andy Peaker has beaten more than 50,000 other British commercial drivers to win a national safe driving competition, which was organised by telematics company, Masternaut Three X.

The competition is run quarterly and rewards the safest commercial drivers with cash prizes. Each entrant is monitored using a Web-based satellite tracking service, and the five safest drivers are selected as finalists. They are then required to complete an online risk awareness assessment, before finally appearing in front of a judging panel, which determines the winner.

Mr Peaker was entered by his employer, Total Food Service Solutions, and will split the £2500 prize money with road safety charity, Brake. He said after the event: “I’m extremely proud to have earned this award. The best bit is that it’s based purely on the fact I make it my business always to drive carefully. It feels great that my strong belief in sticking to speed limits and ‘always expect the unexpected’ has been recognised and rewarded.”

Martin Port, managing director at Masternaut Three X, said: “Eight people die every day on UK roads. Commercial vehicles, such as trucks, vans, coaches and buses, account for one in five of all road deaths, yet commercial vehicles account for only 1.7 per cent of all vehicles on our roads.”
Former chief constable Dr Keith Hellawell QPM, who was one of the judges, commented: “A moment’s lapse in concentration when driving can have horrific consequences for anyone. However, those who drive for a living are especially at risk because it is more common for them to be overtaken by exhaustion, or become ‘zoned out’. This must be addressed if we are to reduce death and serious injury to themselves and other road users.”

Andy Peaker is pictured with fundraising manager for Brake, Katie Shephard.

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