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Cell Phone Usage after Collisions Reviewed by Fleets Totaling 521k Vehicles

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Cell Phone Usage after Collisions Reviewed by Fleets Totaling 521k Vehicles


November 28, 2012

By Frank Griffin, TMCnet Contributing Writer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported traffic accidents as the number-one cause of work place fatalities and injuries. The financial cost to companies is more than $60 billion annually.

To reduce the numbers of tragedies and financial liability, companies have been using different sets of technologies to monitor how their employees conduct themselves on the road.

Telematics and mobile devices have been providing information before and after accidents take place. The 2012 fleet safety benchmark study by Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) examined fleets from many different companies who have collectively logged in more than 9.8 billion miles.

Implementing safety measures and a reliable way to monitor the procedures in place gives companies invaluable tools when it comes to performance by their employees. Previously logging miles, work hours and even accidents could be altered by drivers though compliance with company policy.

Recent advancement in technology including GPS, smart mobile devices and on-board telematics makes any alterations almost impossible.

Companies across many industries participated in this review of the data, with almost 50 percent of the organizations belonging to Fortune 500. Each company was assigned a number to provide anonymity so they could be ranked according to compliance and performance. The study is part of NETS’ Strength in Numbers safety benchmark for the U.S. and U.K.

Member companies are surveyed on more than 25 fleet safety program components.

Some of the questions include cell phone policies, monitoring technology in vehicles, a review process after accidents, and overall training. Members of NETS provide this information voluntarily and the companies discuss results of the benchmark every year to improve how the policies that were implemented are advancing overall road safety.

NETS is an organization that brings together public and private sector participants including National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as well as some of the largest companies in the world as board members including Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Shell International Petroleum Company and Monsanto Company.

“Through this benchmarking process, we’re able to learn about common elements among the leading companies and also have the opportunity to network and discuss specific challenges and share successes with other fleet safety professionals,” said Sandra Lee, director of Worldwide Fleet Safety for Johnson & Johnson, and Chair of the NETS Board of Directors. “This is what makes the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS benchmarking study such an invaluable process.”


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Edited by Braden Becker

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