Volume 12, Issue 2 - March/April 2010

Field of Vision
from the editor

Safety Sense
by Penny Stacey

Each year AGRR magazine chooses one issue to devote to safety, and, for the last couple of years, it has been the March/April issue. I’ll admit, this is always one of my favorite issues of the year. Though we do, of course, include other content, each year we aim to include a look at the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) and the latest occurring with the standard and its registration program.

This year, that article, which appears on page 32, takes a look at some of the businesses across the United States that have been among the first ever to undergo independent, on-site third-party validation reviews by the AGRSS Council. Though I hope you’ll check out the full article, one comment made to me while writing the article really stuck with me.

That comment came from Michael Paley of Freedom Glass in Richmond, Va., whose shop was the first ever validated by the AGRSS Council. Paley, whose validation review occurred on November 11, 2009, explained to me that, though many of his customers are shopping for price (which really is no surprise in today’s economy), that he’ll encourage them to go to the www.safewindshields.org site to choose a different shop.

“I figure, if they’re not going to bring the vehicle to me, I want to know they will take it somewhere safe,” said Paley.
And Paley’s reasoning was very simple—and a bit heart-wrenching.

“I know my family and friends are going to get their windshields replaced at a safe location, because they’ve had to listen to me all these years, but I’ve got an 8-year-old son, and what if he’s standing at the bus stop one day when a vehicle nearby wrecks, and that windshield goes flying?” he said. “That’s why everyone needs to do this.”

It’s dedication like Paley’s, the others featured on page 32 and all those promoting safety across the United States that will someday make all consumers aware of this important issue. If you’re not already doing so, I hope you’ll begin to take this issue to heart as well—if for no other reason than the one to which Paley points, the safety of the children in our midst.
And, if you’ve had good luck in convincing consumers to seek safety, please e-mail me at pstacey@glass.com and tell me what has worked for you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Penny Stacey is the editor of AGRR magazine. 

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