September 30th begins the first ever Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C. Among the organizations participating is telecommunications giant AT&T.
In addition to a new campaign that will educate the public on the very real danger posed by texting behind the wheel, AT&T is also “in the process of revising its wireless and motor vehicle policies to expressly prohibit texting while driving,” the company announced in a recent statement.
AT&T has one of the largest commercial fleets in the country, and is adding a section on the consequences of texting while driving to the defensive driving classes given to employees who drive as part of their job. All employees are required to review company policy periodically and take refresher courses on defensive driving, so the changes in policy will be easily spread throughout the company.
AT&T said it will continue to work with CTIA – The Wireless Association, The National Safety Council, and other third parties to support their efforts to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving.
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