It’s a little-known fact that more than half of FilmL.A.’s workforce is comprised of field personnel serving as Field Services Representatives and FilmL.A. Monitors.
And whether they’re tasked with distributing Notices of Filming to area communities or spending their days, nights or weekends monitoring film shoots, their jobs require traveling all over Los Angeles County, racking up a lot of personal vehicle miles in the process.
In 2010, FilmL.A. field staffers together logged a staggering 207,500 miles of work-related personal vehicle travel, enough to make the long trek up the 405 and 5 Freeways from San Pedro to Gorman 2,331 times!
You might also prefer to think of that as more than eight times the circumference of the Earth at its equator. But, no matter which way you look at it, it’s a lot of travel and time spent driving on area streets.
Since 2009, FilmL.A. has offered its field staff an annual Safe Driver Reward for good driving practices. As a voluntary participant in the California DMV’s Employer Pull Notice Program, FilmL.A. conducts an annual driving record review for all who drive on behalf of the company.
To qualify for a Safe Driver Reward, FilmL.A. employees must maintain a perfectly clean driving record for a period going back three years. Despite the high bar, some FilmL.A. employees have collected rewards each year since the program began.
In 2011, FilmL.A. distributed 17 of the $50 rewards, showing increased employee attention to road safety. The cost of the rewards is fully offset by the savings FilmL.A. reaps through lower auto insurance premiums and reductions in potential accident liability.
“In the program’s first year, we’ve watched the number of employees who qualified for the Safe Driver Reward more than double,” said Carmen McRae, FilmL.A. Director of Human Resources.
“Our staff continues to maintain a high level of driver safety, and we regularly stress to our employees the importance of keeping a calm driving demeanor while working out in the field,” McRae added.