Tangipahoa Parish (LA) Rural Fire Protection District No. 2 is mandating that all of its fire truck operators complete a defensive driving course, reports hammondstar.com.
The mandate comes on the heels of multiple apparatus accidents in a short period of time. Now, those who drive the district’s vehicles will be required to complete the course by the end of January, according to officials.
Talks around the defensive driving course began earlier this year when the district became aware that its insurance rates had been raised upon renewal in April, the report says. The course is eight hours and taught by an instructor from the insurance company.
Drivers in accidents are being drug-tested immediately after the accident, officials say.