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  • The U.S. Domestic Scan Program has released a report that documents factors and conditions which lead to a strong safety culture within a transportation organization. The report also provides examples of specific actions taken by transportation organizations that supported successful implementation of their safety programs. The U.S. Domestic Scan Program was developed by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and is administered by TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program. The opinions and conclusions expressed or implied in U.S. Domestic Scan Program documents are those of the scan team and are not necessarily those of TRB, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, or the program sponsors. Read the entire report here.

    Aug 24,
    - by Michael
  • The decision to get behind the wheel or stay on the road despite feeling drowsy can be deadly. A drowsy driver is an unsafe driver. A lack of sleep negatively impacts performance. It slows reaction time, impairs judgement and situational awareness, increases lapses in attention and risk taking as well as the potential to micro sleep – literally dozing off for a few seconds while driving (National Safety Council [NSC], 2016; Czeisler & Baldino, 2015; Rosekind, 2012). To compound the problem, being tired impairs our ability to judge just how tired we really are. While one in four motorists has admitted to driving at least once during the past month when they were so tired they could barely keep their

    Aug 24,
    - by Michael
  • The National Road Safety Partner Program in Australia has released a report that outlines how and why to develop a policy for using mobile devices in motor vehicles. If you have yet to create a mobile phone policy, or if it's been a few years since you've taken a hard look at yours, this excellent report will have you thinking of everything you should be covering. The mobile phone has revolutionized the way we communicate. It has not only permeated every facet of our lives – work, personal and social – but has brought them together into the one space. And because our mobiles are always within arm’s reach, they have the potential to impact everything we do, including our

    Aug 24,
    - by Michael
  • According to a new report titled North Dakota Statewide Traffic Safety Survey, 2016 - American drivers have room for improvement when compared with other developed countries around the world: ...One metric, road traffic death rate, is higher than in other developed countries (World Health Organization 2016) (Figure 1.1). Progress has been made reducing the number of traffic-related deaths, but crashes resulting in fatalities, injuries, and property damage continue to take place because of preventable factors. These factors include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, and operating a vehicle without a safety belt, among others. The metric highlighted in Figure 1.1 suggests that more work is needed to improve driver behavior and overall safety on roadways in the United

    Aug 24,
    - by Michael
  • When was the last time you reviewed your formal vehicle policy? Is it up to date considering new and developing federal, state and local regulations regarding distracted driving, cell-phone use, anti-idling regulations? Does it include policies that compliment your in-house safety, maintenance, and green-fleet initiatives? Are you sure your drivers understand it?If you don't yet have a written policy, or haven't reviewed your written policy recently, you may be putting your drivers and company at greater risk of fines, higher operating costs, or potential negligent entrustment lawsuits.A written vehicle policy is essential for any company that owns a fleet of vehicles that has drivers on the road, including those that are driving their own personal vehicles on company business. It

    Aug 03,
    - by Michael
  • Injuries account for a considerable percentage of health-related expenses. Safeguarding employees from automobiles crashes makes good sense for businesses; traffic crashes cost companies and employers billions of dollars in direct crash-related costs, such as medical care liability, lost productivity and property damage. Cost-conscious companies and employers would be smart to control costs by providing comprehensive driver safety programs, promoting safe driving practices through sound driver policy and enforcement, educating employees to the dangers of distracted driving, whether or not employees are on the clock. Safeguarding employees from motor vehicle crash injury can be a profitable investment of time and resources.Employers cost associated with motor vehicle crashes fall under two categories - health fringe benefit costs and non fringe benefits costs.Health

    Mar 14,
    - by Michael
  • In 2013, motor vehicle crashes killed more than 1,600 people and injured 293,000 while they were working. Over half of the injuries forced people to miss work. Overall, on-the-job crash injuries (fatal and non-fatal) amounted to about 7.6% of all crash injuries.Motor vehicle crashes on and off the job cost employers $47.4 billion in 2013. Nearly half of this cost resulted from off-the-job injuries to workers and their dependents. The remainder resulted from on-the-job crashes.The report also found that employer-paid medical costs per employee injured in a crash were nearly double in on-the-job crashes where the employee wasn't wearing a seat belt and were increased by a third for off-the-job crashes."When people think of the human and financial impact of

    Mar 09,
    - by Michael
  • The NSC recently released a report outlining the finding of their latest study. From January to June of this year, the total number of motor-vehicle deaths was at 18,630, a 14% increase from the last 6 months of 2014. The NSC believes there are a number of factors behind these statistics. Firstly, the NSC says that the increase in fatalities might have something to do with lower gas prices. Gas prices have averaged 30% less than last year, a number that has contributed to more vehicles being on the road. The NSC goes on to say that gas prices and the economy are interconnected, and they aren't able to determine if an improving economy might have something to do with

    Oct 05,
    - by Michael
  • At its latest meeting, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) elected Jana Simpler as Chair. She has been the Director of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety since 2010, and she has served for both the Association's Executive Board and the Federal Relations Committee. In response to an increase of almost 10 percent in roadway deaths during the first quarter of 2015, Simpler plans to focus on driver behavior in traffic crashes and fatalities. She plans to explore alternatives in automated enforcement technology to reduce speeding and prevent red light running. Altogether, Simpler believes that a collaborative approach will yield best results. By enacting and enforcing stricter laws, public education, and partnerships between the private and public sectors, Simpler hopes

    Oct 01,
    - by Michael
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