On March 25, 2010, Dennis Corporation attended the Benedict College 2010 Transportation Summit: Careers and Distracted Driving. Prior to the Summit, a Senate Resolution was held at the State House “to commend Benedict College for hosting the 2010 Transportation Summit….and to encourage other South Carolina colleges and universities to cooperate with like-minded organizations and agencies to heighten public awareness and education concerning the issue of distracted-driver legislation.”
During the Resolution, Benedict College, the Federal Highway Administration, SC Department of Public Safety, AT&T, Dennis Corporation, and a number of other companies and agencies were recognized for their concern on the issue of aggressive and distracted driving. In attendance from Dennis Corporation were Beth Fleming, Controller, Matthew Watson, Roadway Design Associate, Brian King, Senior Inspector, and Kara DeFelice, Marketing Associate.
After the Resolution, Dennis Corporation employee Matthew Watson took part in a round table discussion at Benedict College titled “Careers in Transportation” where he was a panelist. Dennis Corporation also set up a table at the David H. Swinton Campus Center to provide Benedict College students with more information about the company and internship opportunities.
During the Senate Resolution, it was stated that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute estimated that around 82% of crashes are largely due to lack of attention by the driver. For this reason and others, transportation safety is a major concern of Dennis Corporation. Being part of this Summit enabled Dennis Corporation to further support safe driving and transportation in South Carolina.
Vareva Harris, Interim Associate Vice President for Governmental Sponsored Programs and Community Relations who served an integral part of the Summit remarked on its’ results, saying, “By all outcome measurements, the 2010 Transportation Summit was successful: 90% of the survey respondents indicated as a result of attending the summit their awareness about careers in the transportation industry increased; 95% indicated that their awareness about the dangers of distracted driving increased and 683 students signed pledges that they will not text and drive. We are especially grateful to our sponsors: AT&T, Dennis Corporation, State Farm and United Infrastructure Group for partnering with us.”
Dennis Corporation is a South Carolina licensed civil engineering, surveying and construction management firm. Dennis Corporation’s specific fields of expertise include aviation engineering, civil infrastructure, construction management, construction services, environmental services, expert witness, geotechnical engineering, intelligent transportation systems, program management, special projects, surveying, traffic engineering, transportation engineering and water resources.