Does your employer/business have a Cell Phone Policy? The USDOT and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety want you to bring a Drive Safely Work Week to your office with the message:“Focus…safe driving is serious business.”
Here at the SFBC office, we were eager to see what tools the program offered and were a bit disappointed that the focus of the message, posters, etc. left no room for specifically mentioning the need to look out for people on bicycles or on foot. That said, we think the free toolkit that they offer (Download it for free through Sept. 20th here) provides all the information, ideas and graphics a typical business would need to seriously implement a policy targeting distracted driving.
Did You Know?
- Texting increases your risk of a crash 23+ times.
- Every year, cell phone distractions are associated with more than 1million crashes and nearly 6,000 deaths.
- Victims in crashes have won millions of dollars in damages from the employers of distracted drivers.
It can be hard not to check your phone when it’s buzzing and you’re just sitting in traffic, but making a pledge to put your phone down until you get to where you are going can help ensure you actually get there. Distraction.gov and TrafficSafety.org offer an impressive diversity of resources and everyone from the Jonas Brothers and Allstate (X the TXT) to Seventeen Magazine and AAA (the National Two-Second Turn Off) is getting serious about driving safely. However you get around, we think this will improve safety and quality of life in America. We hope you’ll get involved, too.