Employers can help end cell phone distracted driving

May 01, 2014, 10:30 ET from National Safety Council

ITASCA, Ill., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Car crashes are the leading cause of workplace fatalities in the U.S., and cell phone use is estimated to be involved in 26 percent of all crashes. Employers who ban employee use of cell phones while driving not only help reduce their employees' chances of being involved in a crash. Policies also help protect employers if an employee is involved in a crash where cell phone use is found to be a factor. The National Safety Council details the scope of this safety – and legal – problem in its Driving Down Distraction infographic.

The best cell phone distracted driving policies cover:

  • Handheld and hands-free devices
  • All employees
  • All company vehicles
  • All company-provided cell phones
  • All work-related communications – even in a personal vehicle or on a personal cell phone

Visit nsc.org/liability to learn more about cell phone policies, and download the free NSC Cell Phone Policy Kit to learn about implementing a policy.

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SOURCE National Safety Council