Free Resources for 2016 Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Cell Phone / Texting, Safety News

The National Safety Council designates April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to the epidemic of distracted driving – and offers a free cell phone policy kit to employers wanting to establish safe driving policies to protect employees and their business.

Thousands of people have died in car crashes involving cell phone use. New technology allows divers to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media while driving – all actions that are proven to increase crash risk. And employers share much of that risk, being held liable up to $25 million for employee crashes, even when employees use hands-free devices.

The NSC recommends policies that prohibit both hands-free and handheld devices and apply to all employees, and has created a Cell Phone Policy Kit to help employers of any size. The free kit has all the materials needed to build leadership support for a cell phone policy and tools to communicate to employees. Additional resources include case studies and white paper explaining why employers should care.

Sign up for free access to posters, fact sheets, infographics and more to help spread safety messages with workers, family and friends. Additional resources available online include:

  • Online distracted driving course – Take a 5-minute demo of a course designed to change drivers’ behavior and attitudes about distracted driving and help organizations lower liability risks and costs associated with motor vehicle collisions.
  • Distracted driving newsletter
  • Videos
  • Infographics
  • Reports
  • Research on distracted driving, including data on:
    • Hands-free devices
    • Cognitive distraction
    • Text messaging and voice-activated texting
    • Cell phones compared to alcohol-impaired driving
    • Evaluation of laws and enforcement

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