Employers for Traffic Safety Strive to Prevent Car Accidents

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety was constructed to improve the safety and health of employees, their families and members of their community by preventing car accidents that occur on- and off-the job.

NETS and Ray Lahood, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, are encouraging employers to start a safe driving campaign at work with their employees. NETS is asking employers to submit their campaign on how they handle safe driving programs within their company. There have been a total of 22 submissions that include large companies such as Audi and Volkswagen.

Majority of the respondents have a total ban on the use of cell phones in the car. Nine of the companies allow hands-free devices. Two companies reserve the right to check cell phone records, and one respondent will terminate an employee for violating this police.

LaHood has been committed to ending distracted driving on the roadways in the United States. He commends the participating companies for being a part of this safety challenge.

Board members at NETS include:

• Abbott
• AmeriFleet Transportation
• Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
• The Coca-Cola Company
• Johnson & Johnson
• Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
• Monsanto
• National Mutual Insurance Company

Employees and Car Accidents

Every 12 minutes someone dies in a motor vehicle crash, every 10 seconds an injury occurs and every 5 seconds a crash occurs. Many of these incidents occur during the workday or during the commute to and from work. Employers bear the cost for injuries that occur both on and off the job. Whether you manage a fleet of vehicles, oversee a mobile sales force or simply employ commuters, by implementing a driver safety program in the workplace you can greatly reduce the risks faced by your employees and their families while protecting your company’s bottom line.

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