Automotive Fleet

SEP 2013

Magazine for the car and truck fleet and leasing industry

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nd 2 Annual FOCUSES ON DISTRACTION T he second annual Fleet Safety Conference made a return visit to Schaumburg, Ill., from June 25 to 27, attracting nearly 300 feet and safety professionals from the U.S. and Canada. Topics ranged from case studies about implementing a safety program to the nuts and bolts of running a successful safety audit, to how to efectively use the plethora of safety data feet and risk managers have at their fngertips. Keynoters Joseph McKillips, CSP, senior manager, Commercial Program Support at Abbott, and David Teater, senior director of transportation strategic initiatives for the National Safety Council (NSC), covered the dangers of cell-phone use and driving to packed crowds at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. McKillips outlined how Abbott implemented a U.S. and worldwide ban on cell-phone use while driving, which was based, in large part, on material available from the NSC. Teater also tackled distracted driving, with a special emphasis on cell-phone use while driving. Network of Employers for Trafc Safety (NETS) Executive Director Jack Hanley outlined how feets can use benchmarking techniques to help reduce collisions, inju38 AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I SEPTEMBER 2013 PHOTOS: CHRIS WOLSKI Distracted driving dominated the agenda at the second annual Fleet Safety Conference in Shaumburg, Ill., June 25-27. BY CHRIS WOLSKI Presenting to a packed house, Dan Shive (at podium) of LeasePlan USA led a panel of experts through the steps feets need to take to successfully conduct a feet safety audit. Art Liggio of Driving Dynamics discussed how to check MVRs without violating driver privacy or the law. Dean Croke of FleetRisk Advisors outlined how predictive analytics can be used to identify and help at-risk drivers. Char Duffy of Renzenberger copresented a case study about how her company reduced accident frequency by 36 percent. The business and personal costs of driving whiie using a cell phone was the subject of the NSC's David Teater's practical and eye-opening keynote. Randy Shadley, CAFM, of CCM gave an overview of how to turn a feet safety policy into a strategic document.

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