Twenty Skylands Ride drivers received Safety Awards during Senior Day festivities at the New Jersey State Fair, on August 6, 2015.
Skylands Ride provides community paratransit and public bus services to many of the County's senior citizens, persons with disabilities, workers, and the general public. The transit system saves tax payer dollars by allowing seniors to live independently, enjoying all of the amenities of living in a rural setting like Sussex County. The service is a lifeline for many residents, providing transportation to essential medical appointments, dialysis, and other life-saving treatments, in addition to providing transportation to work. The Safety Award represents more than just safe driving. Drivers must use defensive driving, customer service skills and avert accidents. Drivers traveled more than 791,000 miles and provided over 111,000 passenger rides to Sussex County residents during 2014.
Drivers who were recognized for the safe performance of their duties in 2014, along with the number of years they have been accident free were: Bert Oudshoorn, 10 years; Jeffrey Staple, 9 years; Carrie Heiney, 7 years; Darlene Sonvico, 7 years; Mary Ann Warner, 7 years; Janice Wiedeman, 7 years; Marie Zangara, 6 years; Deborah Postas, 5 years; Douglas Maull, 4 years; Barbara Fitzmaurice, 3 years; Kevin Gleason, 3 years; Marjorie Healey, 3 years; Kevin Sherlock, 2 years; Helen Baker, 1 year; Sharon Blohm, 1 year; Joseph Contino, 1 year; Kathleen Hayde, 1 year; Thomas Immesberger, 1 year; Luis Ortiz, 1 year; and Ellen VanDunk, 1 year. Drivers were part of a countywide safety program, which has seen excellent results.
The County Administration, Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services and Skylands Ride congratulate this year's recipients and wish them many more miles of safe travel.