NETS Kicks Off Drive Safely Work Week

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) launched today its national Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) campaign. The campaign is officially recognized this year from October 1-5 and promotes safe-driving education and awareness.

According to a 2010 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual cost of medical care and productivity losses associated with injuries from motor vehicle crashes exceeds $99 billion.

This year's DSWW theme, Back to Basics – Your Keys to Safe Driving, provides information and activities to address some of the most common types of traffic crashes across the general population, fleet drivers and teen drivers.

The DSWW campaign focuses on the following issues:

  • Buckling up all the time and encouraging others to do the same;
  • Recognizing and preventing fatigue-impaired driving;
  • Driving distraction-free;
  • Safe parking and backing; and
  • Fine-tuning the fundamentals to avoid some of the most common types of crashes.

"Much is being said these days about the dangers of distracted driving, yet responsible driving is more than driving distraction-free. This year's Drive Safely Work Week campaign reinforces the wide range of skills needed to be a safe, responsible driver," said Sandra Lee, NETS Chair and Director of Worldwide Fleet Safety.

Check back each day this week for the daily tip on Driving Safely

DRIVE SAFELY WORK WEEK:

MONDAY - Buckle Up! Seat belts should never have time off »

TUESDAY - Steer with a Clear Head »

WEDNESDAY - Drive Distraction-free »

THURSDAY - Parking and Backing Basics »

FRIDAY - Fine-tune the Fundamentals »