Think modern technology is making driving safer? Not so fast.
“We’ve seen the most significant increase in fatalities in almost 63 years,” said Timothy McCarty, risk manager at Trident Public Risk Solutions. “Our cars have more safety features than ever before, but we’re under the illusion that we can multitask behind the wheel. Science tells us multitasking is a myth and attempting to do it impairs performance.”
McCarty is among the speakers at this year’s 2017 RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition, and will borrow from 30 years of expertise in risk management in his presentation, “Killing Distractions to Save Your Employees,” on April 25.
McCarty will be joined by co-presenter Jennifer Stancil, public entity risk manager for New Hanover County, North Carolina.
McCarty will present information on the dangers of distracted driving, a major cause of deaths on U.S. roads, and show municipalities how they can create change to quell this epidemic within their organizations.
He also will show that cell phones are not the only culprits in distracted driving. Add to the list of possible distractors: infotainment systems, smoking, eating and drinking, personal grooming, climate and seat controls, and GPS devices.
The key to changing the statistics, McCarty said, is education.
“There is a lot you can do with policies, rules for drivers, cell phones locking out while the car is in motion; but the biggest thing you can do is educate,” McCarty said. “People aren’t going to follow any of that unless they see why it’s important.”
Attendees will leave the session with a sound set of strategies to put their employees on the road to safer driving behaviors.
RIMS 2017 will be held April 23-26 at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center. McCarty will speak from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on April 25 in room 119B.