A Pledge to End Distracted Driving

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05601

Tel: (802) 223-2374

FAX: (802) 223-1809

E-mail: info@agcvt.org 


March 15, 2016

Vermont Highway


2016 Year-to-Date: 10

2015 At this time: 5

2014 At this time: 9

2013 At this time: 9

Source: Vermont AOT


Project RoadSafe is funded by a grant from  


Governor’s Highway Safety


A Pledge to End  

Distracted  Driving

I pledge to:

 * Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

* Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is


* Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.


A preventable collision is one in which the driver fails to do everything

reasonable to avoid it.


The Employer’s Guide for Reducing Motor Vehicle Crashes

   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Network of Employers for Traffic Safety
(NETS) have joined forces to create the 32-page Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes, featuring a 10-step program outlining what an employer can do to improve traffic safety performance and minimize the risk of motor vehicle crashes.

   The document includes success stories from employers who have benefited from effective driver safety programs, including Pike Industries with operations in Vermont.

   The booklet is available to employers from Project RoadSafe, Associated General Contractors of Vermont by emailing Norman James: (njames@agcvt.org)
asking for Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes. Include your mailing address and the publication will be sent to you by return mail. 



Talk with us about driver safety: contact 

Norman James (njames@agcvt.org


Motor Vehicle Deaths 8% Higher Last Year

   Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were 8% higher in 2015 than they were in 2014 – the largest year-over-year
percent increase in 50 years.

   The National Safety Council estimated 38,300 people were killed and 4.4 million were seriously injured on U.S. roads in 2015. That means 2015 was likely was
the deadliest driving year since 2008.

   Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council said Americans apparently take their safety on the roadways for granted. She said driving
a car is one of the riskiest activities anyone undertakes in spite of decades of vehicle design improvements and traffic safety advancements.

  To promote safe driving, the National Safety Council advises drivers to:

  • Make sure every passenger buckles up on every trip
  • Designate an alcohol and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation
  • Get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue
  • Never use a cell phone behind the wheel, even hands-free
  • Stay engaged in teens’ driving habits, since teens are three times as likely to crash as more experienced drivers.







Attitude Drives Behavior


Marijuana is a mind-altering drug

  It interferes with memory; people at the end of the conversation may forget what was at the beginning of the conversation.  They may not remember what happened

  It also interferes with problem solving or thinking that takes more than one step.

  It can make the heart beat up to 160 beats a minute and cause an anxiety attack.

  Initially there is a feeling of intoxication, dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, some loss of coordination and a poor sense of balance and poor reaction time.

  Driving becomes dangerous due to difficulty judging distances & delayed reaction time.

  One study in a shock-trauma unit showed 15% of patients from car or motorcycle crashes had been smoking pot and 17% had THC in their blood (the active drug in

  There are long term affects:

  A frequent long-term effect is a lack of motivation.

Users don’t care what happens in their life; they have no desire to work regularly.

  They neglect school, chores, personal health & relationships.

  It can take up to 2 years off “pot” to get regain a normal motivation level.

  It’s said that five joints a week damages the lungs as much as smoking 16 cigarettes a day

  Regular users have a hacking cough and red eyes.

  They can develop low tolerance for frustration or authority; have poor impulse control, outbursts of anger, crying or laughter because THC affects the emotions.

  Heavy smokers develop a paranoid way of thinking

  Drug dependence is when the user begins to feel they need to take the drug to feel well.

  Drug tolerance is when the user needs increasingly larger doses to get the same effect.

  THC can stay in the body fat & brain tissue for up to a month.



 A Free Driver Safety Class

   * Does your company have a motor vehicle fleet (two or more vehicles) with above average insurance premiums?

   * Do you feel your fleet has more than its share of motor vehicle crashes?

   * Does your company have a safe driver program?

If these questions cause concern, contact Norman James at AGC/VT (njames@agcvt.org)
to talk about a free driver safety class for your drivers.



Facts Employers Must Know

From the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)

1.     Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for all age groups 3 to 33 years of age. Crashes are the 3rd leading cause of
years of potential life lost for all ages combined.

2.     Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the U.S.

3.     A typical driver in the U.S. travels 12,000 to 15,000 miles annually and has a one in 15 chance of being involved in a motor vehicle
collision each year.

4.     The most dangerous part of the day for any employee is the time they spend in their vehicle with a crash occurring every 5 seconds,
property damage occurring every 7 seconds, an injury occurring every 10 seconds, and a motor vehicle fatality occurring every 12 minutes.

5.     Forty-one percent of the average vehicle miles traveled per household are from commuting to and from work (27%) and driving on work-related
business (14%).

6.     The average on-the-job crash costs an employer about $16,500 or just under $0.16 per mile driven. Crashes involving injuries cost
substantially more – $504,408 for a fatal injury and $73,750 for a nonfatal injury.

7.     With over 90 percent of motor vehicle crashes caused by human error, employers with high roadway exposure are at risk for a serious
crash resulting in a lawsuit against their organization. Damages awarded to plaintiff’s making negligence claims against companies are at an all-time high, settlements of $1 million or more are not unusual.

8.     The development, implementation, enforcement, and monitoring of a strong driver safety program can protect an organization’s human
and financial resources. Such a program allows an organization to be proactive in controlling crash risks and is the first line of defense against the potentially staggering costs from motor vehicle crashes involving employees.



A preventable collision is one in which

the driver fails to do everything

reasonable to avoid it.


About Cell Phones

  • It has been estimated that 30% of all drivers use a cell phone while driving.
  • While the cell phone is a dangerous distraction (hand-held or hands-free), our culture prevents us from believing that it is dangerous. We feel that we can do more than just one thing at a time
    – unfortunately that feeling does not work behind the wheel. Sooner or later the odds will catch up.
  • More than 10% of all drivers are on the cell phone at some point during the day.
  • NHTSA reports that 25% of all crashes happen when people are talking on a cell phone.
  • Talking on cell phones may not be the riskiest thing we do while driving, but it is involved in most driver distraction crashes.
  • Cell phones vs. passengers: Passengers often act as “co-pilots” and they help drivers. People on the other end of the phone cannot do this.
  • Not only are people texting, tweeting and talking on their cell phones, auto makers and the electronic communications manufacturers are making it easier for drivers to check Facebook and search
    the web while driving.
  • Hand-held or hands-free – it makes no difference: the mind will suffer from cognitive blindness.
  • The National Safety Council reports that the full scope of the distracted driving problem is difficult to determine because drivers are reluctant to admit their behavior: no witnesses, and lack
    of evidence in fatal crashes.


 Drive Like You
Really Care!!



Helpful Websites

   Project RoadSafe receives many requests for websites to help formulate workplace motor vehicle safety policies. The following websites will help.

   The Associated General Contractors of Vermont (AGC/VT)

   Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP)

   Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA)

   National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

   Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

   Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

   U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

   National Safety Council (NSC)

   National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

   Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)

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njames@agcvt.org |

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

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