There’s a lot of talk about the dangers of distracted driving and its influence on fatal car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere. The National Safety Council (NSC) is encouraging employers to take the issue seriously.
That’s why they’re reaching out and offering a little bit of help to get employers and employees across the nation to practice safer driving habits on our roadways.
Slowly but surely, employers are implementing comprehensive cell phone policies. The NSC recently released a newly updated Cell Phone Policy Kit to keep up with new research and statistics. The Council suggests that employers review the recommended materials and consider enacting bans on both hands-free and handheld devices for driving workers.
Our Boca Raton accident lawyers understand that distracted driving took the lives of more than 3,000 people in 2010. What’s sad is that many of these fatal accidents were completely preventable. Officials believe that many more were lost in these kinds of accidents, but there’s no sure way to determine if a driver was distracted at the time of collision. By enacting cell phone-related policies in the work place, employers around the country can help to reduce these numbers and can help to not only keep employees safe, but can help to keep our roadways safe too!
Yes, employers use cell phones to keep in contact with their driving workers and many worry that by taking their cell phones away, less work will get done. That’s not the case though. According to a recent study of more than 2,000 people, nearly 500 companies already have handheld and hands-free device policies for some or all of employees and nearly 100 percent reported that productivity did not decrease.
To help to get your workplace going on the road to safer driving habits, the NSC includes the following in the FREE downloadable kit:
-A letter from the CEO and President of the National Safety Council.
-A letter from Deborah Hersman, NTSB Chairman.
-A list of FAQs to address concerns of employees.
-A sample cell phone policy to help to shape yours company’s.
-Posters and tip sheets to help to raise awareness about the new policy.
-Activities and events to help to engage employees to communicate the dangers of cell phone distracted driving.
Driving while using a cell phone increases a driver’s risk for a car accident by nearly 4 times. Employers need to keep the safety of their employees as a top priority. Enact a cell phone ban for your working drivers today. It’s a little bit of tough love that can save lives.