NETS 2012 Fleet Safety Benchmark Survey: Top Performing Fleets Review Cell Phone Records of Drivers Following All Collisions

  NETS 2012 Fleet Safety Benchmark Survey: Top Performing Fleets Review Cell
  Phone Records of Drivers Following All Collisions

    521,000 vehicles, 9.8 billion miles of travel yield fleet safety best

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- November 27, 2012

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) 2012 fleet safety benchmark
study revealed that the safest fleets have written policies restricting the
use of mobile devices and check mobile phone records after all collisions,
regardless of severity. Traffic crashes remain the number one cause of
workplace death and injury, costing employers in excess of $60 billion
annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2012 STRENGTH IN NUMBERS  fleet safety benchmarking study is the largest
examination of fleet vehicle safety ever conducted by the organization. The
latest study involved a collective fleet of 521,000 vehicles and 9.8 billion
miles traveled. Nearly 50 percent of participating companies were in the
Fortune 500.

Other fleet safety practices found by the study to be common among the
companies with the lowest fleet crash-rates include:

  *Tracking completions of on-going driver training on a fleet safety
  *Conducting commentary drives (ride-alongs) with new-hires and high-risk
  *Communicating fleet safety messages via senior-management presentations at

All survey responses were reported anonymously, with a number assigned to each
company to rank its fleet against other study participants.

NETS’ annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet safety benchmark study includes the
collection of miles driven and collisions by type of vehicle and by country.
Injury data are collected for the USA and the UK. Respondents also are
surveyed on more than twenty-five fleet safety program elements. Examples
include: cell phone policies, training and post- crash review processes and
the use of in-vehicle monitoring technology. NETS members, representing the
pharmaceutical, electric utilities, oil and gas, insurance, food and beverage
and other industries, meet annually to discuss the benchmark results and other
key road safety topics.

“Through this benchmarking process, we’re able to learn about common elements
among the leading companies and also have the opportunity to network and
discuss specific challenges and share successes with other fleet safety
professionals,” said Sandra Lee, Director of Worldwide Fleet Safety for
Johnson & Johnson, and Chair of the NETS Board of Directors. “This is what
makes the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS benchmarking study such an invaluable process.”


The STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet safety benchmarking study brings
togethersocially responsible companies in a collaborative spirit prepared to
compare findings and share what they’ve learned. The program is for all types
of companies and organizations— large or small, U.S. or global, public or
private. Participants collect standardized data over a 12-month period. Once
analyzed, the resulting benchmark report shows how a company compares in terms
of crash frequencies taking into consideration road safety policies, driver
training programs, crash review practices and more. Members use the annual
benchmark report’s results to improve their fleet safety performance. For more
information on the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet benchmark program or to become a
participant, visit the NETS website at

About NETS

NETS is a 501(c)3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. Federal
government and the private sector. The Board of Directors members include
Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The
Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto
Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, Shell International Petroleum
Company, B.V. and UPS, as well as federal liaisons from the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated
to improving the safety of employees, their families, and members of the
communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that
occur on and off the job. For more information on NETS, visit or contact


Jack Hanley, 314-680-3293
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