Indiana employers have a major role to play in preventing employees from using cell phones while driving, thereby preventing distracted driving accidents. More and more employers in Indiana and around the country are implementing “no cell phone use while driving” policies in the workplace, to prevent employees from being distracted while driving.
The attitude towards a workplace policy banning cell phone use while driving has changed significantly. About five years ago, few companies had policies in place that protected cell phone use while driving for employees traveling on work, to a work-related appointment, or using a company-issued car. Now, Indiana injury lawyers find a number of employers in Indiana with such anti-distracted driving policies in place.
According to a survey by the National Safety Council, one out of every five Fortune 500 companies has a workplace policy in place, banning cell phone use while driving for employees. Even more significantly, in approximately 40% of the cases, the company reported that the ban had not impacted productivity negatively, and in some cases, had even increased productivity. There is therefore little truth to the widely held corporate belief that when employees are not available to the office 24/7, it impacts their productivity.
Every year, approximately 8,000 people are killed in accidents linked to distracted driving, including cell phone use while driving. Legislation banning texting and cell phone use while driving can help prevent many of these accidents. However, tackling distracted driving will require a multipronged approach that involves the participation of the community, including employers, schools and colleges. Employers can help by enforcing a strict “no cell phone use while driving” policy in the workplace. Not only does a policy like this help keep your employees safe, but it also helps protect you from liability in the event of an accident.