It just takes a moment of distraction for an accident to happen,
and for lives to be changed forever.
On June of 2009 a drunk driver hit three men. According to the police report, two of the men were dead, and the third man was transported to a nearby hospital with “serious bodily injuries.” The police questioned the drunk driver on what happened. She told them she had just dropped off her friend after they attended a birthday party. When the police asked her if she was driving north she replied, “Apparently, because I just hit him.” She proceeded to explain that she had only two glasses of wine and that she hit the man’s car. When asked if she hit anything else, she told the police “No.” The truth was, she had no idea she had hit three men. Her blood alcohol concentration was .235. In addition to 10 THC per milliliter in her blood, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines as a “signification” concentration. She received a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty on two counts of DUI manslaughter as well as a five- year sentence, to run concurrently, for a DUI causing serious bodily injury.
I worked for Ranger Construction as their Equipment Manager. I knew these men personally. I know they had families and children. When I heard about the tragedy I was devastated. The heaviest realization being that these children now have to grow up without their dads. I thought about how I lost my dad to cancer when he was 48 years old. He worked as Heavy Equipment Operator in West Virginia, Ohio and Florida. Even though I was 26 at the time, it was one of the hardest things I’ve been through. I miss him every day! That led me to ask God what we could do to make the roads a safer place for construction workers and the traveling public as well. This was the spark that led to the invention of a few of our safety products. Our company is named in honor of my dad, James Early White.
J. E. WHITE, LLC
A MOMENT CAN SAVE A LIFE
Every year more than 600 people are killed in roadway work zones. Construction companies are dedicated to ensuring the safety of their workers and the driving public. Roadway work zones use a variety of warning systems, barriers, and other traffic controls to make certain drivers and work zones stay separated, but it just takes a moment of distraction for an accident to happen and for lives to be changed forever.
This is one such story.
A LITTLE ABOUT US
I, Franklin B. White, started as a mechanic for the US Army in June of 1983. I later started working for Martin Paving Industries in Vero Beach, FL in 1992. That’s where I met my wife, Jennifer White, while she worked there as an equipment operator. You can say we both, and our family, know what it’s like to work in dangerous conditions building roads. Safety conscious companies make a near miss a big deal; so do we.
That’s why we started J.E. WHITE, LLC. in 2009. Our goal is to provide construction companies with products that help catch the attention of drivers on the road. In the last nine years, we’ve worked to make highway work zones a safer place. We’ve developed twelve more new and innovative patented products, all made here in the USA. We’re proud to manufacture right here in Florida.