OpenSesame Supports National Distracted Driving Awareness Month with Courses to Encourage Employee Safety on the Road

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Increasing Employer Liability for Distracted Driving

Increasing Employer Liability for Distracted Driving

We believe that employers can play a big role in making our roads safer by educating their workforce and promoting safe driving habits,” said Don Spear, President & CEO of OpenSesame.

OpenSesame, the world’s largest source for eLearning, is supporting the need for improved safety on our roads for April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness month with free courses to educate employees on safe driving habits. The national campaign, led by the National Safety Council, ultimately aims to save lives and prevent accidents through raising awareness of the dangers present with any type of distraction while driving.

According to the federal government, at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing or texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increases the risk of getting into a crash by three times.

Every day, across the United States, nine people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes caused by distracted drivers. Transportation-related fatalities are the number one cause of death in the American workforce. It’s clear that distracted driving is dangerous – yet it’s also increasingly common.

Employers can have a significant impact on ending distracted driving, which is why OpenSesame and their partners,Vivid, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc and ej4 are promoting these three safety courses. The National Safety Council indicates that the costs of ignoring this opportunity are tremendous in terms of lives and costs.

Through OpenSesame’s free Distracted Driving courses, employees will learn why distracted driving is dangerous, and more importantly, safety tips for keeping themselves and others free of incidents on the road.

“Driving with a hands-free device, or voice-activated text messaging can be just as risky as driving under the influence of alcohol. We believe that employers can play a big role in making our roads safer by educating their workforce and promoting safe driving habits,” said Don Spear, President & CEO of OpenSesame.

According to J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., a leading provider of safety training for professional drivers, distracted driving is not simply caused by an item or advancements in technology. Rather, it’s caused by the driver choosing to take a higher risk by engaging in these non-driving related tasks. The best way to reduce that risk is with driver training.

OpenSesame encourages employers, employees and everyone who drives or rides in a car to take advantage of these complimentary Distracted Driving Awareness courses April 15, 2015 through April 30, 2015.

Learn more about these three free OpenSesame Distracted Driving courses for your employees and take one today by visiting this website:

Review studies on distracted driving from the National Safety Council here on their site.

About OpenSesame
OpenSesame is the world’s largest source for eLearning with 20,000+ courses from 450+ content publishers, providing customers a vast, easy-to-use library. Training courses range from the most common (workplace safety, business skills, compliance, Microsoft tools) to industry specific courses (such as retail, manufacturing, public sector, and finance). OpenSesame customers can preview and purchase courses, and use them instantly online or in any learning management system. For additional information, visit or follow @OpenSesame on Twitter.

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