Drive Safely Work Week 2016 is here!
The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) kicked off its 2016 Drive Safely Work Week™ campaign, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the annual safe-driving initiative targeted to employers. More than 2500 organizations representing approximately 13 million employees are set to take part in the week that promotes safe-driving education and awareness to all employees—company drivers and commuters alike. The campaign comes on the heels of the announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that traffic fatalities in 2015 increased 7.2% over the previous year, the greatest percentage increase in 50 years.
Every 12 seconds 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 work day or during the commute to and from work.
Businesses incur enormous economic costs each year from traffic crashes through loss of productivity, workers’ compensation, medical costs, substitute labor and higher insurance premiums. Employers pay for injuries both on and off the job, costing companies about $60 billion annually and resulting in three million lost work days.
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.