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  • Lavon Reese, a 24 year old Florida State University student, was killed in a high-speed, distraction affected crash. The driver of the vehicle, Ashli Harvey, was driving 89 mph and texting. She was sentenced to three years in prison after entering into a plea deal. Reese's family has focused on changing Florida's texting while driving laws. The law is a secondary offense, meaning drivers cannot be pulled over simply for texting. Gwendolyn Reese and Jeffery Peaten, Lavon's aunt and cousin, are working with lawmakers who are already working toward changing the law to a primary traffic offense. After Harvey's sentencing, Gwendolyn decided to take action into her own hands. “This is something I can do,” she said. “I can work for however

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Review your driver policy

    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

  • 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

  • There's a hazard lurking on our highways and roads. One that causes over 100,000 accidents a year yet isn't rightfully acknowledged like well-known road hazards such as drunk driving and texting while driving. This hazard is drowsy driving - a problem that is avoidable under most circumstances. This article will examine drowsy driving, its dangers, whom it affects and how to prevent it. Sleep, much like eating, is governed by powerful internal drives and impulses that are deeply rooted in our biology. Just like people are unable to stave off hunger, they are unable to stave off the need to sleep. It is so strong that it is capable of overcoming just about any driver, regardless of age or driving

  • by Joe Zingale <> In all the years I have been involved in designing, delivering and implementing Commercial Vehicle Safety Programs and interacted with thousands of Safety Directors I have come to two conclusions: 1. Safety Directors truly care about their drivers safety always referring to them as my people, my team, etc. 2. They exercise stringent hiring criteria and never put a driver behind the wheel that doesn't meet that criteria or they feel would be an at risk driver. On the subject of Driver Training I have also come to two conclusions: 1. The training has to be engaging. The more the training captures a driver's attention the better the retention of the information. 2. The training needs

  • Review your driver policy

    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

  • 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

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