Drive Safely Work Week 2011: Getting There Safely Is Everyone's Business

NAFA Fleet Management Association is helping to promote this year's Drive Safely Work Week Campaign.

Whether we're the driver, a passenger, a pedestrian, or cyclist, there are things we can do in each role to help prevent distracted driving-related incidents. And for anyone willing to set the right example, the opportunities to be safe-driving role models for family and community members are limitless. That's the premise of this year's Drive Safely Work Week campaign, which runs October 3-7, 2011. NAFA Fleet Management Association is proud to help promote this year's program.

Safe driving is essential to the fleet managers who belong to NAFA, a group that collectively manages several million vehicles travelling on North American roads each day. NAFA has lent its support to the annual campaign for the past several years through a series of articles in the Association's print and online publications, press releases, and email blasts to the Membership.

Drive Safely Work Week, which has been sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) since 1996, encourages businesses to utilize a free campaign toolkit to help educate employees on how to prevent distracted driving. The toolkit features facts on distracted driving, interactive quizzes and tools, daily activities and communication messages, and downloadable posters for the office. More than anything, the campaign seeks to put a face on distracted driving and show how it affects both those in a vehicle and those sharing the road.

The campaign toolkit may be downloaded for free at www.trafficsafety.org. Although the national observance of the campaign takes place each year during the first week of October, the materials are not dated and can be used throughout the year for continued promotion of safe driving practices.

Juan Perez, SVP Operations for AmeriFleet Transportation is a member of NAFA's Safety Advisory Council. His company has participated in Drive Safely Work Week for the past three years. "The campaign is very worthwhile," said Perez. "We believe the week long focus on the materials is a simple and easy way to remind our employees and families of the importance and awareness."

AmeriFleet has used the suggestions from Drive Safely Work Week materials as the inspiration behind several events designed to help promote safe and responsible driving within the workplace while providing employees information to take home to share with their families. Some of their activities have included: safe driving quizzes/games, golf cart parking lot road course, seat belt pledge, safety raffles, basic maintenance check on employee's vehicles, and a focused driving pledge.

NAFA encourages all of its members to download the free toolkit and utilize the information to help their employees become better aware about the dangers of distracted driving. Email NAFA at info@nafa.org for more information or for any safety or fleet related concerns.

About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the world's premier non-profit association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations across the globe. NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location or fleet composition. NAFA's Full and Associate Members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance and repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 3.5 million vehicles including in excess of 1.1 million trucks of which 350 thousand are medium- and heavy-duty trucks. For more information visit http://www.nafa.org

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