Mobile Companies Continue to Enact Distracted
Driving Policies; SuperGlass President Offers Tips on Developing a
Cell Usage Rule
September 30, 2010
Nearly 1,600 U.S. companies have adopted distracted driving policies
to date, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT) and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety
(NETS). (NETS is an employer-led public-private partnership developed
by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
to engage the private sector to promote anti-distracted driving
policies in the workplace.)
In addition, 550 organizations have committed to adopting similar
policies within the next 12 months.
"I am thrilled that businesses across the country are making
anti-distracted driving policies an integral part of their employee
culture," said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. "President Obama
led by example last year by banning four million federal workers
from texting behind the wheel. Employers across America are doing
the same to help us set an example and keep our roads safe."
Orlando, Fla.-based SuperGlass Windshield Repair recently enacted
its own policy for talking or texting while driving.
"The safety issues are apparent and undeniable and could cause
you great harm and pain," writes SuperGlass in its latest newsletter
explaining the new policy. "The liability and publicity issues
can cause you to lose your business, your reputation and your fortune."
And, though some
say instating such a policy can require a total change in culture,
most understand the need for such a policy, says SuperGlass founder
and president David Casey.
"Our people accepted the message about distracted driving
very well," he says.
Casey says he developed a voicemail message for employees to utilize
to explain why they're not answering.
The message includes the following: "I am sorry that you reached
my voicemail but, in an effort to prevent distracted driving, please
leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can safely
stop my vehicle and operate my telephone."
And, when potential customers hear this message, sometimes an added
benefit is there.
"You might even get some credit for being innovative, safe
and diligent," says Casey.
Casey adds, "If your job is being a mobile technician, part
of that job is being a safe mobile tech for others."
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