15:32 | 09.11.2017
Travelers Institute Hosts Every Second Matters℠ Symposium at Georgia State University

The Travelers
Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies,
Inc. (NYSE: TRV),
today will bring its Every Second Matters symposia series to
Georgia State University. The event will feature a discussion on the
role that work plays in distracted driving and what business owners can
do to establish an effective driver safety program. The symposium will
be held in collaboration with Sterling Seacrest Partners, Georgia State
University Honors College, the National Safety Council, the Road to Zero
Coalition and Gamma Iota Sigma fraternity (Zeta Chapter).

“Distracted driving is a risk that affects every member of our society,”
said Brian Mixon, Middle Georgia Law Enforcement Liaison, Governor’s
Office of Highway Safety. “Distracted drivers put themselves, their
passengers and every person around them in danger. Every driver who
makes a commitment to drive alert is a success and ultimately saves

A recent poll commissioned by Travelers, conducted online by Harris Poll
among over 1,000 U.S. employees who drive, indicated that:
Forty-three percent of respondents answer or make work-related
communications while driving.
Generation X (ages 35-44) respondents were just as likely as
millennials (ages 18-34) to answer or make work-related communications
while driving; over half of both generations (54 percent each)
admitted to doing this.

“Technology can make our lives significantly easier in many ways, and
the need to constantly feel connected is only going to increase as
technology advances,” said Chris Hayes, Second Vice President,
Transportation, Risk Control, Travelers. “But taking your eyes and
concentration off the road is extremely dangerous, and businesses should
be making their stance on that clear to employees. The Every Second
Matters campaign provides a forum for discussing distracted driving
trends and sharing driving tips not only for individual drivers, but
also for creating a driver safety program in the workplace.”

“Distracted driving has a devastating impact on our communities,” said
Doug Rieder of Sterling Seacrest Partners. “This program offers
important insights and solutions for businesses and families. We are
very excited to be partnering with the Travelers Institute and other
thought leaders to bring light to this important issue.”

PGA TOUR® professional golfer Rick Lamb and Joan Woodward, Executive
Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers and President of the
Travelers Institute, will discuss the importance of situational
awareness, whether on the golf course or on the road. Woodward also will
moderate a panel discussion, where she will be joined by Hayes; Jane
Terry, Senior Director of Government Affairs at the National Safety
Council; and Georgia State Rep. John Carson.
Travelers Poll MethodologyThis survey was conducted online
within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Travelers from
Sept. 12-14, 2017, among 2,083 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, among whom
1,146 are employed drivers. This online survey is not based on a
probability sample, and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling
error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including
weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Judy
About the Travelers InstituteThe Travelers
Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies,
Inc., engages in discussion and analysis of public policy topics of
importance to the insurance marketplace and to the financial services
industry more broadly. The Travelers Institute draws upon the industry
expertise of Travelers’ senior management, as well as the technical
expertise of many of Travelers’ underwriters, risk managers and other
experts to provide information, analysis and solutions to public
policymakers and regulators. Travelers is a leading provider of property
casualty insurance for auto,
and business.
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