Cell phones nation’s leading driver distraction
Deborah Matis-Engle was speeding and text
messaging when she slammed into a line of vehicles stopped at a
construction zone in August 2007, killing 46-year-old Petra Winn, a
passenger in one of the vehicles, according to the New York Times.
The report says the 49-year-old woman was in the
middle of paying several bills when she struck a vehicle that burst
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Motorists
reports that 6 states, including California, Connecticut, New Jersey,
New York, Utah, and Washington, all have implemented a state-wide ban
on driving while talking on a hand-held cell phone. 10 states have also
banned driving while texting (DWT).
What does this mean for businesses whose drivers
depend on cell phones to get the job done? Business practices may need
to change if some states get their way.
Businesses are increasingly prohibiting workers
from using cell phones while driving to conduct business. Exxon Mobil
and Shell are examples of large companies that ban employees’ use of
any type of cell phone while driving during work hours.
also found that motorists who use cell phones while driving are four
times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure
Maybe it’s time for a little common sense. For the same reasons that portable electric razors can be used for a clean close shave while driving, cell phones can
send emails, text messages and pay bills from the road, and yes it’s
possible to do a crossword puzzle at a stop light, but it doesn’t mean
Sure, business runs on productivity. But it goes nowhere when your drivers get locked up for doing too much behind the wheel.
For a complete list of cell phone laws across the United States, click here.
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