USPS considers new safety protocol for drivers

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

MEDFORD, Ore. - The U.S. Postal Service is looking to implement some new safety protocols.

These discussions stem from some issues mail carriers face in the rural areas of Jackson and Josephine counties.

The ideal situation for a letter carrier is a circular driveway or a driveway that has enough space for a vehicle to drive in, deliver and turnaround before heading back onto the main road.

However, in more rural areas of the community, the streets are so narrow that often drivers find themselves backing up onto oncoming traffic.

"Safety being obviously a top priority for the postal service, there's some discussion throughout Oregon, about making sure our letter carriers and so forth perform their job safely," said Peter Haas, the regional USPS spokesperson.

An idea is to install a barcode on the back of the postal vehicles, which would require drivers to get out, scan it to verify they've checked their surroundings before proceeding out.

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