An estimated minimum of 28 percent of all traffic crashes – or 1.6 million per year – are caused by drivers using cell phones and texting. To protect yourself and those around you:
• Put your cell phone on silent or vibrate before starting the car.
• Modify your voicemail greeting to indicate you are unavailable to answer calls or return messages while driving.
• Inform clients, associates and business partners why calls may not be returned immediately.
• If you need to talk or text, pull over to a safe location and park your vehicle.
• Hands-free cell phones are not safer. Cell phone driving is a visual, mechanical and cognitive distraction.
• Educate your employees, drivers and parents on the dangers of driving while on a cell phone.
• Implement a corporate cell phone ban at your place of employment.
• Support cell phone legislation and enforcement.
For more information, please visit distracteddriving.nsc.org.