SCHAUMBURG, IL – The 2012 Fleet Safety Conference kicked off day one of a packed event, and event schedule, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. With more than 230 registered fleet professionals attending, the event focuses on raising the bar for fleet safety, and will host the first-ever Fleet Safety Awards, presented by Automotive Fleet magazine and the American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA).

Endorsed by AALA, the National Safety Council, and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), the two-day event began with a range of sessions that covered critical topics for today’s fleet manager.

Starting with a keynote address by Maggie Cole, Director, EH&S for Monsanto, day one’s sessions covered topics ranging from distracted driving and federal regulations for medium- and heavy-duty trucks to coping with a fatality or serious injury among a fleet’s drivers.

You can see a gallery of photos from the first day of the event here.

Other topics included how to prepare for a safety-related lawsuit; safety issues related to maintenance of alternative-fuel vehicles; minimizing risk exposure when expatriates drive company-owned vehicles; ways to encourage safe driving of company-owned vehicles by non-employees; and making safety a top-down effort.

Industry vendors also had opportunities to share their expertise and their latest solutions with attendees during networking breaks and in a panel discussion covering the latest fleet safety technologies.

Bobit Business Media would also like thank the industry sponsors for this event. They include 10n2 Technologies; Aegis Mobility; The CEI Group; Driver’s Alert; Fleet Response; Geotab Inc.; GPS Insight; Greenroad; LeasePlan USA; Wheels Inc.; and ZoomSafer.

By Greg Basich and Grace Suizo