Drop the Call: Avoid Cell Phone Use While Driving
Approximately 660,000 drivers, at any moment throughout America, are using cell phones or fiddling with other electronics while driving according to a survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This outrageous number of drivers continuously make the roadways more dangerous due to their mobile distractions. These devices cause eyes to wander and vehicles to drift or slow down recklessly.
Don’t let the distractions take the wheel.
Here are some facts to consider before answering that call or text while driving:
- According to the National Safety Council, device use while driving quadruples the risk of a collision.
- Business across the nation now prohibit employees from using cell phones while operating a vehicle.
- Found in a study by the University of Utah, drivers using their cell phones perform no better, and even sometimes worse, than legally drunk drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent.
- When using a device and driving, your gaze and conscious is focused on the device and conversation. This greatly differs from when talking to passenger, which provides an extra set of eyes on the road to alert the driver of any upcoming danger.
- Many states have begun banning cell phones and texting while driving – requiring drivers to utilize hands-free technology and devices.
Company wide cell phone bans for employees are becoming popular. Cummins Inc., a diesel engine technology company based in Columbus, IN explains the reasoning and benefits behind their program in this case study.
More importantly, states across the nation are adopting laws to enforce hands free device use while driving. 14 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands all prohibit use of cell phones while driving and officers may cite a driver for using a device without any other traffic offense taking place (according to the Governors Highway Safety Association).
Stay away from using your device while on the road for your safety, and for others. Take the pledge today to vow not to use cell phones while driving and help advocate for hands-free use on the roads today.