News: Federal Safety
Executive Calls for Ban on Cell Phones
Driver Safety: Cell Phones –
Blessing or Curse?
The Center For Auto Safety
(CAS) has begun petitioning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) to completely ban cell phone use while driving. Handheld,
hands-free, Bluetooth, Onstar, it doesn’t matter. The Executive Director
of the CAS is calling for the complete elimination of all types of
communication while a vehicle is in motion. Read the full article here.
This news certainly strikes
a chord within the fleet safety community, as several organizations rely on
cellular technology to keep their mobile operations running smoothly.
Remember, hands-free doesn’t mean worry free. Numerous studies have shown
that the there is no significant reduction of risk by using hands-free phones,
and the conversation was the primary distraction that increased the chance of
an accident. Especially in the wake of numerous accidents involving cell
phones resulting in litigation, this begs the question…are cell phones good
or bad for your fleet?
Let us know what you think…
Did you know that a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found
that using a cell phone while driving increased a drivers risk of involvement
in an accident by four times!! That‘s roughly equivalent to
the impairment caused by legal intoxication!!!
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