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    Lytx Shares New Insights on Risky Driving Trends Among Waste Fleets

    - Lytx waste clients reduced instances of late response* by 20% from 2018 to 2019

    - Drivers of disposal, recycling and sanitation vehicles were observed not wearing a seatbelt 22% less often than drivers in other industries

    SAN DIEGO — May 19, 2020 — From its unmatched database of 686,000 risky driving events captured from waste fleets in 2019, Lytx® today released new insights into waste industry driving trends.

    Lytx’s findings include the five risky behaviors seen most often among waste drivers, most improved driving behaviors, and insights on how waste-industry driving habits compare to those of other industries.

    Waste industry driving highlights from 2019
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    This data was captured from fleets of all sizes and types within the waste industry, including recycling, disposal and sanitation fleets. It is part of an ongoing series from Lytx highlighting key behavior trends seen across the nine industries that utilize its video telematics technology, with the goal of informing and supporting ongoing safety efforts in the industries it serves.

    The data will be released twice weekly through May 26 here:

    Most Prevalent Risky Behaviors in 2019

    • Smoking
    • Driver unbelted
    • Late response*
    • Food/drink observed
    • Near collision (unavoidable)

    Most Improved Behaviors from 2018 to 2019

    • Late response* – improved 20%
    • Driver unbelted – improved 6%

    Behaviors may appear on both the "Most Prevalent" and "Most Improved" lists. This demonstrates that even with significant improvement, fleets and drivers must stay vigilant and maintain awareness to keep those behaviors trending downwards.

    How Waste Fleets Stack Up Against Other Industries

    Lytx compared the prevalence of behaviors seen in waste fleets against behavior averages of fleets across all of its other protected industries. Comparatively, waste fleets stood out in the following areas:

    • Smoking observed 22% more often
    • Driver unbelted occurred 22% less often

    Common risky driving behaviors observed within a fleet, as well as benchmarking data from fleets both inside and outside of a specific industry are helpful metrics for understanding industry-specific challenges, guiding safety efforts and then measuring success. To better identify and address top areas of driving risk within their individual fleets, thousands of organizations use the best-in-class Lytx Driver Safety Program; these organizations experience on average up to 50% reduction in collisions and up to 80% on associated claims costs as a result.

    Waste Collision Insight

    Lytx also found that 28% of high-impact waste-industry collisions were due to drivers driving too fast for the conditions. When it comes to low-impact collisions, nearly one-in-four were due to distractions, such as smoking, food and drink and cell phone/device use.

    About the Data
    These insights were derived from Lytx’s proprietary database of waste driving data from 2019, including 686,000 risky waste driving events captured last year. For comparisons across industries, Lytx calculated behavior averages from its global database, which contains driving data from trucking, distribution, concrete, construction, services, transit, government and utilities industries. Lytx maintains the fastest-growing proprietary database of professional driving data in the world, currently surpassing 120 billion miles of driving data. The data is anonymized, normalized and in instances of behavior prevalence, is generalizable to waste fleets at large.

    About Lytx
    Lytx® is a leading provider of video telematics, analytics, safety, and productivity solutions for commercial, public sector, and field services fleets. Our unrivaled Driver Safety Program, powered by our best-in-class DriveCam® Event Recorder, is proven to help save lives and reduce risk. We harness the power of video to help clients see what happened in the past, manage their operations more efficiently in the present, and improve driver behavior to change the future. Our customizable services and programs span driver safety, risk detection, fleet tracking, compliance, and fuel management. Using the world’s largest driving database of its kind, along with proprietary machine vision and artificial intelligence technology, we help protect and connect thousands of fleets and more than 1.3 million drivers worldwide. For more information on Lytx telematics system, visit on Twitter, LinkedIn, our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.

    *Late response occurs when a driver is not distracted, yet responds late and abruptly to a readily visible risky situation ahead.

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