The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended a nation-wide ban on the use of cell phones while driving. This would include texting and making phone calls, even those made with a hands-free device. The NTSB wants all states to consider their respective laws regarding cell phone use while driving and consider implementing more strict regulations.
The argument for the use of hands-free devices is often made, as drivers can theoretically keep their hands and eyes on the road. Unfortunately, studies show drivers using hands-free devices still experience distraction by their conversation. On the Department of Transportation (DOT) website for distracted driving a statistic is cited from University of Utah, stating “Using a cell phone while driving – whether it’s hand-held or hands-free delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.”
Even if your state’s legislature doesn’t enact a ban on cell phone use, if your organization employs drivers you may consider evaluating company guidelines and policies regarding employee use of cell phones while driving. “Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving” explains how cell phone use contributes to accidents.
This online training video is easily integrated into any training classroom. Video keeps learners interested while demonstrating important concepts, such as the actions to take to prevent accidents due to cell phone use.
Even if a nation-wide ban on cell phone use while driving doesn’t take hold, it is important to eliminate driving distractions. Letting a phone call go to voice mail may seem like an inconvenience, but it might just save your life.