‘Safety First’ Column Debuts In NAFA’s FLEETSolutions Magazine

As part of an on-going effort to keep safe­ty issues on the fore­front of fleet man­age­ment, NAFA is proud to announce the debut of “Safe­ty First” – a new col­umn pro­vid­ed by the Nation­al Safe­ty Coun­cil (NSC) – that will run in each issue of FLEET­So­lu­tions mag­a­zine.  The first col­umn, which takes a look at the effect of dis­tract­ed dri­ving, will appear in the January/February 2014 issue of the pub­li­ca­tion.

David Teater, the Senior Direc­tor of Trans­porta­tion Ini­tia­tives for the NSC, wrote the debut col­umn.   Teater is an expert in the area of dis­tract­ed dri­ving, fre­quent­ly speak­ing on the top­ic and help­ing hun­dreds of employ­ers imple­ment cell phone dis­tract­ed dri­ving poli­cies.  In addi­tion, he has appeared before sev­er­al state leg­is­la­tures to advo­cate for restric­tions on cell phone use while dri­ving and has tes­ti­fied before the Unit­ed States Con­gress.

In the col­umn, Teater points out that the NSC esti­mates that 22 per­cent of all crash­es involve cell phone con­ver­sa­tions, regard­less of whether dri­vers are using hands-free or hand­held devices.  “Under­stand­ing the increased crash risk and the vol­ume of dri­vers using cell phones is the first step to chang­ing the cul­ture of cell phone dis­tract­ed dri­ving,” he writes.

“NAFA is excit­ed to have the NSC offer­ing safe­ty tips and advice for our read­ers,” said NAFA’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Phillip E. Rus­so, CAE.  “Safe­ty is para­mount for us.  In recent years, NAFA has been expand­ing our focus on safe­ty from the cre­ation of our Safe­ty Advi­so­ry Coun­cil to the intro­duc­tion of an annu­al award high­light­ing fleet pro­fes­sion­als who have done out­stand­ing work in the field of safe­ty.  ‘Safe­ty First’ con­tin­ues this mis­sion by pro­vid­ing a forum for one of the lead­ing sources of safe­ty advo­ca­cy to speak direct­ly to fleet pro­fes­sion­als on a reg­u­lar basis.”

FLEET­So­lu­tions mag­a­zine is dis­trib­uted to NAFA Mem­bers as a val­ue-added ben­e­fit.  The pub­li­ca­tion is avail­able in print and online.

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