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2001 IMEAC Fleet Management Conference Driving Safety : It always starts with a Belt Carl Wells- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Buckle Up America National Campaign to increase seat belt use National Goals: Increase national seat belt use to 85% by 2000 and 90% by 2005

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2001 IMEAC Fleet Management Conference

Driving Safety:

It always starts with a Belt

Carl Wells- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


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Buckle Up America

  • National Campaign to increase seat belt use

  • National Goals: Increase national seat belt use to 85% by 2000 and 90% by 2005

  • Reduce child occupant fatalities (0-4 years) by 15% in 2000 and by 25% in 2005 (from a total of 685 in 1995) 85% by 2002


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Four Point Plan

  • Legislation

  • Enforcement

  • Public Education

  • Partnerships


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Why Buckle Up?

  • The most effective means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries (saving an estimated 9,500 lives in each year)

  • Reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45% (light trucks – 60%) and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50% (light trucks 65%)


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Why Buckle Up?

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related death (23%)

  • On-the-job crashes cost employers almost $22,000 per crash and $110,000 per injury

  • Traffic crashes on- and off-the-job cost business $55 billion in 1994


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Death Defying Act

  • Driving a Ranger Pickup

  • Going through an intersection

SMASH!!!!


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Death Defying Act

  • Vehicle Overturns

  • Driver Wore His Seatbelt

  • William F. Webster

  • Saved by the Belt!


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Buckle Up AmericaWhere are we now?

  • Nation wide only 72% of Americans Buckle Up




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American Freight Ways

Child Safety Seats Work

Safe Kids Buckle Up

Are You Buckled Up???




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Our GSA Partners

  • Buckle Up America License Plate Holders

  • Rearview Mirror Tags

  • Recordings on call distribution systems

  • Electronic Message Boards


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Fleets pay a BIG price

  • Pay employee sick leave

  • Provide insurance (higher premiums)

  • Hire and train replacements

  • Lost production

  • On and off job injuries almost cost the same


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What can you do?

  • BUCKLE UP and tell your friends to buckle up

  • Employee Education Programs

    • Honor Roll Program

    • Company Policy

    • Information on memos & pay checks


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New Directions in Occupant Protection

  • Side air bags

  • New Generation air bags

  • Surveys

  • LATCH


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Don’t Leave Out A Step!

1. Infant Seats

2.Child Safety Seats

3. Booster Seats

4. Adult Seat Belts


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CPS Training

  • Operation KIDDS

  • NHTSA CPS Certification

    • Certified Technicians

    • Certified Instructors

    • NHTSA’s most successful course


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What Can NHTSA Do?

  • HOTLINE: 888-DASH-2-DOT

    1-888-327-4236

    Report Vehicle Defects

    Child Passenger Safety Info.

    Traffic Safety Information


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What Can NHTSA Do?

  • NHTSA Website

    • www.nhtsa.dot.gov

    • Technical Assistance

    • Safety Materials

    • Crash Trends and Data


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Enforcement: Critical!!!

  • Officers need your help

  • Public outreach is needed

  • Click it or Ticket


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Are You “Tired?”

  • Inflation: a Key to Safe Driving

  • “Where the Rubber Meets the Road”

    • Handouts: Rubber Manufacturer’s Association


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