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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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