At Jones & Swanson, we have represented many victims of crashes caused by company drivers – so we’ve seen what these accidents can mean first-hand. For that reason, we are promoting Drive Safely Work Week this week (October 3-7) along with many other companies. This year’s theme is “Drowsy, Distracted, or Focused… Your Decisions Drive Your Safety”.
The Network Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is offering a free online toolkit dedicated to keeping workers, and everyone else, safe while on the road. Statistics show that a driver’s behavior contributes to 94% of all automobile accidents – so it can be argued that a majority of crashes are preventable. The NETS reports that traffic accidents cost employers over $47 billion over the course of a year, which is split between on-the-job and off-the-job crashes. The campaign focuses on the following:
- Understanding the importance of sleep, and it’s effect on our daily performance
- Knowing the signs and dangers of drowsy driving
- Identifying behaviors of driving that lead to the most accidents
- Focusing on how dangerous the use of cell phones and other electronic devices are while driving
- Stressing the need to slow down and to always wear a seatbelt
The free campaign offered by NETS encourages drivers to focus on their actions both behind the wheel, and before they get behind the wheel. The hope is that by taking a fresh look at driving habits, drivers’ chances of being involved in an accident will decrease.