Promote safe driving with your employees

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety has designated Oct. 7-11 as Drive Safely Work Week to encourage employers to adopt safe driving policies and highlight the dangers of being behind the wheel.

There’s good reason for this.

About 2,000 workers die each year on the road while commuting or working. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related fatalities among people ages 16 to 24 in the U.S.

NETS is a partnership of private-sector companies, including Johnson & Johnson and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, and the federal government’s NIOSH and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The campaign theme this year, “Gear up for safe driving: mind-body-vehicle.”

The campaign highlights “how being at your physical and mental best, along with the ‘health’ of your vehicle, are all connected in making us safer drivers,” explained Sandra Lee, director of Worldwide Fleet Safety for Johnson & Johnson and chairwoman of NETS.

The Drive Safely Work Week campaign focuses on the importance of preventive measures such as:

  • Getting your vision checked regularly.
  • Being well-rested and properly fueled.
  • Keeping your vehicle in good condition through preventive maintenance.
  • Getting the right fit to your vehicle to maximize your field of vision.

Since 2010, an average of 3,500 organizations have participated annually, representing 16.5 million employees per year, according to NETS.

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About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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