Employers from across the U.S. are realizing the dangers that are presented on our roadways when workers use their cell phone behind the wheel. To help to make our roadways safer for everyone, employers are taking it upon themselves and their companies to implement comprehensive cell phone policies.
To help these employers, the National Safety Council is recommending policies that ban the use of both handheld and hands-free devices behind the wheel. The Council recently announced the release of an updated Cell Phone Policy Kit that aims to keep up with the most recent distracted driving trends and statistics.
Companies, communities and organizations are all encouraged to take advantage of the NSC Cell Phone Policy Kit. By implementing more laws and regulations to regulate distractions behind the wheel, we can work our way to safer roadways be helping to reduce the risks of car accidents in Asheville and elsewhere.
In a 2009 survey conducted by the NSC, more than 2,000 NSC members responded and concluded that nearly 500 companies ban the use of both hands-free and handheld devices for some or all of its drivers. Nearly all of those who were surveyed said that productivity remained the same.
Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand that distracted driving is alarmingly common on roadways worldwide. According to recent surveys, drivers understand the dangers that are presented by distracted driving and support measures to help to stop this behavior, but still drivers aren’t willing to hand up the phone behind the wheel. Currently, there are 35 states that prohibit all drivers from texting behind the wheel. There are only 9 states, including the Virgin Islands and DC that prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones. In addition, there are 30 states, as well as DC, that ban novice drivers from using a cell phone while driving.
Still, with these laws in place our country saw nearly 5,500 roadway fatalities in 2009 because of distracted driving. Included in these statistics are another 450,000 injuries. Officials believe that this number is actually much higher as they believe that not all cases of distracted driving were reported in accident reports. With the statistics that we do have, nearly 20 percent of all fatal accidents involved a distracted driver.
The NSC Phone Policy Kit Includes:
-A sample of an effective comprehensive cell phone kit.
-A sample letter for the NSC President to company employees.
-Various posters and tip sheets to help to raise awareness about and educate employers of the dangers of distracted driving and of the new policies.
-A one year plan and roll out calendar.
-Various activities to help employers to discuss the topic of distracted driving. It’s important to get everyone on the job on the same page!