According to research done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 80% of all traffic collisions are the result of distracted driving. There are a number of different types of distractions including eating/drinking, changing the radio, talking to another passenger, and children in the backseat. However, one of the most common distractions for drivers is cell phones. Cell phone use contributes to an estimated 6 percent of all crashes, which equates to 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, 12,000 serious injuries and 2,600 deaths each year. (
Cell phone laws vary by state, with some applicable only to certain drivers and others applicable to only certain devices. A listing of laws for each state can be found by following this link:
Many companies provide their employees with cell phones with the expectation that employees maintain contact with customers and the office throughout the day. Although most people agree that driving and talking on the phone at the same time is unsafe, it is a common practice. So as a company with employees who are out of the office, what should your policy be?
General rules to follow include:
* Pull over to the side of the road or into a parking lot when talking on the phone.
* Do not dial or text while driving.
* If you must talk while driving, try to avoid talking while in heavy traffic and while using a ramp
onto/off of a busy road.
If you are interested in putting together a company safety policy, this link provides a free sample policy that you may use.
Also, if you would like additional information on the physiological reason why talking on a cell phone and driving at the same time can have negative results, the link below provides interesting information.