Help put the brakes on distracted driving

Last Friday (April 30) was the nation’s first “No Phone Zone Day,” developed by Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Studios to build awareness around the deadly habit of distracted driving.

Did you know that distracted driving – or talking on your cell phone or texting while driving - takes the lives of nearly 6,000 Americans a year? With the support of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and other leading transportation safety organizations, individuals and companies are taking a stand against cell phone-related auto accidents.

“I’ve made it my mission at the DOT to end distracted driving,” says U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “We know that if we can get people to put away cell phones and other electronic devices when they are behind the wheel, we can save thousands of lives …”

Bottom line: Your company could be held liable for an employee causing an accident while using a cell phone in a company vehicle, or while conducting company business in a personal vehicle. Raise awareness and communicate your policy with our Texting While Driving Poster and Policy Kit. Or download and print a Text Messaging and Cell Phone Use Policy now for immediate use.

To learn more about the dangers of distracted driving and what you can do - personally and professionally - to curb it, check out the No Phone Zone website.

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