“Drive Safely Work Week” Offers a Reminder to Stay Off the Phone
To increase awareness of the dangers of cell phones, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety sponsored Drive Safely Work Week October 3-7. While the campaign has been in effect since 1996, the focus in recent years has been on cell phones.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, cell phone distractions cause 600,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, and 3,000 deaths. In conjunction with Drive Safely Work Week, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a recommendation to ban commercial drivers from using cell phones—both hand held and hands-free.
“Distracted driving is becoming increasingly prevalent, exacerbating the danger we encounter daily on our roadways,” NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said in an October 4 EHS Today article, “It can be especially lethal when the distracted river is at the wheel of a vehicle that weighs 40 tons and travels at highway speeds.”
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