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Safety precautions to keep delivery drivers out of harms way
The Pizza delivery driver shot in Pensacola yesterday, 37 year old Kevin Coursey, is in stable condition.
In light of that delivery shooting, we wanted to know what safety measures some businesses take.
Channel 3's Kavontae Smalls spoke to a popular delivery service to see what they're doing to stay safe.
There are more than 30 restaurants in the area that use Go Waiter to deliver it's food. So how does the popular delivery business keep it's drivers safe.
Ronald Spradling is a retired Master Sergeant in the Air Force.
He's also runs gowaiter.com delivery service throughout Pensacola.
Go Waiter partners with restaurants and delivers for them.
Spradling has between 25 to 30 drivers on staff.
Before they attack the Go Waiter logo to their car, each driver learns all the safety protocols Spradling has in place.
"Our number one rule is we'd rather lose an order than lose a driver."
Each driver carries no more than $15 at a time.
The address of each order is checked out online beforehand.
Spradling does a street view on Google Maps to make sure the area his drivers are going to is safe.
The driver's cell phones allows them to be tracked back at the office.
"There's our driver right now, we've got one en-route on 12th avenue."
In the event the unthinkable does happen, Go Waiter carries liability insurance.
Spradling says he never pressures a driver to deliver in an area they don't feel comfortable.
He monitors where crime is more likely and works with law enforcement to determine high risk areas.
"There are certain areas in Pensacola we just will not deliver to."
If an order comes from a high risk area, the driver will meet the customer in a safer area or the order may be cancelled all together.
A small price to pay, but at least no one has been while on the job.