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Richfield, Ohio – January 23, 2012 – National Interstate Insurance Company announced that its affiliate, Safety, Claims and Litigation Services, LLC (SCLS) has been recognized for its accident event recorder program in the Innovators Showcase, published in the January 2012 edition of Best’s Review magazine.

The program provides commercial transportation insurance customers with access to Accident Event Recorder (AER) technology. AERs, which record video and audio when a driving incident occurs, can help to improve driver performance, reduce accidents and save lives while controlling losses and reducing insurance premiums. Since launch of the program in 2006, SCLS has helped install more than 14,000 of the recorders in customers’ vehicles.

Reviewer William Panning, executive vice president, Willis Re, wrote, "This project achieves its objective by gathering or assembling and making available to clients, in a convenient format, relevant data to which clients would not normally have access. The focus is on proactive preventive actions rather than on post-loss attempts to minimize loss costs."

Innovators Showcase is a forum for recognizing forward thinking among insurance organizations. A panel of insurance industry experts assessed the relative merits of nearly 70 submissions.

“We are very pleased to be included in the exclusive group selected for Best’s Review’s Innovators Showcase,” said Dave Michelson, President of National Interstate. “The AER program has proven to be very successful in helping commercial transportation companies become safer operators while significantly enhancing their safety programs. We appreciate the opportunity to share our innovation, and remain committed to providing this extremely valuable loss control tool to as many customers as possible.”

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Best’s Review is published by the A.M. Best Co. for insurance professionals, including home office executives, agents and brokers. Founded in 1899, A.M. Best Co. is the world’s oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source.

About National Interstate

National Interstate Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Interstate Corporation, is a specialty property and casualty insurance company with a niche orientation and focus on the transportation industry. We differentiate ourselves by offering insurance products and services designed to meet the unique needs of targeted insurance buyers. Products include insurance for passenger, moving and storage, and truck transportation companies, alternative risk transfer, or captive insurance programs for commercial risks, specialty personal lines consisting of insurance products focused primarily on recreational vehicle owners and small commercial vehicle accounts, and transportation and general commercial insurance in Hawaii and Alaska. National Interstate and its insurance subsidiaries, which include Vanliner Insurance Company and Triumphe Casualty Company, are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.