Distracted driving causes thousands of wrecks every year, resulting in expensive vehicle repairs and, sometimes, injuries and deaths. These costs are fully avoidable with responsible driving behavior. View the video for more statistics and information.
Every year, April is designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and organizations like the National Safety Council, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Texas Department of Transportation and others use the opportunity to focus on the dangers of distracted driving and offer information, tools and resources to raise awareness and try to make an impact on Texans to stay alert on Texas roads. Distracted driving is a problem all year, however.
Many of ICT's member companies participate in awareness campaigns and promote safe driving habits. Below are a few of those company's initiatives.
State and national safety organizations also participate in distracted driving awareness efforts. See below for more information from these groups.
The Texas Department of Transportation runs its own Distracted Driving campaign, and offers information and links to the various advertisements and public service announcements targeted at Texans that are available to be shared.
The National Safety Council has resources to share on social media, information for employers, and offers a “pledge” drivers can take to remain focused.
Distracted Driving on the Job – Employers Should Care
Driver distractions cost the U.S. economy $3.58 billion each month, according to a Harvard Center for Risk Analysis study. As part of their efforts to protect employees and their finances, many employers are implementing corporate cell phone and texting bans. There is good reason for such a policy.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), employers are being held liable for up to $25 million for employee crashes, even when employees are using hands-free devices. Having a distracted driving policy in place doesn’t just make good safety sense; it makes good business sense.
The cell phone usage and texting bans mos"Distat often provide that employees:
must turn off or use “do not disturb” settings on cell phones before turning on vehicles.
are allowed to disconnect from co-workers and clients while behind the wheel and may only return calls when no longer driving.
Below are some helpful distracted driving resources for businesses: