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  • Florida has implemented CTSTs, or Community Traffic Safety Teams, to help solve traffic safety issues. These teams are comprised of highway safety advocates, and these groups work to solve local traffic concerns that include drivers, roads, and automobiles. Ultimately, CTSTs want to reduce the number of auto accidents and decrease the severity of these crashes. These teams are in place across the state of Florida, and they all belong to the CTST Coalition. Each quarter, this organization meets to share knowledge, statistics, and successes. All of the CTSTs are part of the Community Traffic State Program, which was created after federal legislation recommended a more localized response to finding solutions for auto accidents and the accidents and deaths that occur

    Sep 23,
    - by Michael
  • Despite safer vehicles and tighter laws, American roads are still dangerous. In 2014, 32,675 people were killed in traffic accidents, and the year before, 2.3 million people were injured in vehicular accidents. Why are these numbers still so astonishingly large? If American roads were as safe as those in Ireland, the number of deaths prevented each year would be nearly the same as stopping all murders in the country. Traffic accident-related deaths and injuries are as bad as ever due to a number of factors. For instance, the rate of motorcyclists dying on the roadways has more than doubled since the 90s. There are more roads, yes, but 31 states don’t require adult bikers to wear helmets. Speed limits are

    Jul 06,
    - by Michael
  • A study co-sponsored by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety of 1,002 NJ drivers, found that drivers with longer commutes are less likely than drivers with shorter commutes to drive safely. Commuters with longer drives tended to talk on the phone more often than commuters with shorter journeys to work, are more likely to speed, and are more likely to rate their driving skills as above average. Additional information regarding this study NJ Road Safety Release can be found on the NJ.gov website.

    Nov 25,
    - by Michael
  • By: Rumble Strip 10. As long as you are generally careful, you do not have to worry about other reckless drivers. 99% of accidents are caused by "you" and not "the other guy". It is a known fact. 9. Bicycles are cheaper to operate than motor vehicles so you should swap over anyway. Even if your company is hauling heavy loads, you should still consider changing to a bicycle operation. I have no idea how you would accomplish this, but I am here to discuss safety, not logic. 8. Your company drivers have better things to do. They cannot be taken off the road to attend some useless driver safety course. That will reinforce the notion that driving is dangerous.

    Jul 14,
    - by Michael
  • Written By: Al Costa In the past weeks we've seen how Brazil has been considering increasing the amount of ethanol mixed in gasoline. The mix, which historically has been at a whopping 25% (the world's largest), is receiving strong pressure from the local sugar cane producers to go to 27.5%, as a means to encourage ethanol sales and thus help a currently depressed industry. To that end, the government asked for studies on the technical impact on engines and asked 10 weeks for it. Surprisingly however, last week it announced the mix would only increase 1% to be just 26%. Producers were outraged to learn that from the local media and asked for a revision. So the government had to

    Jul 11,
    - by Michael
  • According to the National Safety Council, the leading cause of workplace deaths is car crashes. The most recent report notes that in 2012, there were 2.3 million collisions that caused injuries, of which 33,561 were fatalities. These statistics don't include commuting to and from work. However, when we factor that in, the total loss in wages and productivity is estimated at $380 billion. Driver safety programs like BrightFleet can reduce collisions up to 63%. Providing a safer work environment is something that's not only common sense, but can be good business sense as well, resulting in lower insurance costs, fewer lost man-hours, reduced risk of losing key people, and reduction in corporate liability. For many of us, the last formal

    Jul 09,
    - by Michael
  • Cooperation between various divisions of government is the hallmark of a new initiative in the State of Iowa. According to the Mason City Globe Gazette, public officials from the governor's office, to transportation, public health and public safety agencies, are urging individuals to direct full attention to the road, with a goal of zero fatalities for Iowa families. The article notes that car accidents are the second leading cause of trauma-related injuries and deaths in Iowa. Promoted through a combination of media outlets, this program is an expansion of last years' efforts which were directed specifically at Interstate 80. Iowa suffered more than 300 traffic fatalities in 2013, and through the first six months of the year, statistics were tracking

    Jul 06,
    - by Michael
  • Does your company employ persons who drive while at work? If so, your business is vulnerable to vicarious liability or negligent entrustment claims. How do these claims arise? If your employee, driving a vehicle while on company time, causes damage or injury, your business may be found liable. Typically, these claims rest upon a showing that your company was aware, or should have been aware, that the particular driver wasn't competent, was inexperienced, not properly trained, or in some manner unsuitable to operate the vehicle at that particular time. How can you guard against negligent entrustment? A new white paper, "Understanding Negligent Entrustment Issues When Employees Drive on Company Time" sets forth five key factors: 1.Select your drivers carefully --

    Jul 01,
    - by Michael
  • Ensuring driver safety is the biggest priority of fleet managers, according to a survey conducted at the 2014 NAFA Institute and Expo by GE Capital Fleet Services. With more than a third (35 percent) of fleet managers identifying it as their main concern, driver safety outpaced cost-savings goals and workforce productivity (27 percent and 22 percent, respectively) as the top concern for the second year in a row. In addition, 62 percent of survey respondents said that the main focus of their company's executive (C-suite) leadership is achieving cost savings. With this goal in mind, fleet managers are using a number of tactics to manage costs. Forty-three percent of respondents cited vehicle purchasing decisions as the greatest opportunity for savings,

    May 13,
    - by Michael
  • If you’ve not heard, a mother of two was killed as they crossed the street by a SDG&E company driver that police suspect was distracted while driving. The family of the victim has filed a negligence lawsuit against SDG&E for allegedly not having a cell phone policy in place. While the accident is still under investigation, police have cited inattention or distracted driving as the likely cause of the accident, but have not specified if it was cell phone use….the lawsuit alleges that SDG&E acted in negligence forsupposedly failing to implement a cell phone ban policy for fleet drivers. Negligence lawsuits related to lack of policies, lack of testing employees understanding of policies, or operational inconsistencies regarding policies are on the

    Feb 28,
    - by Michael

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