Distracted driving policy begins Sept. 1

A new City policy prohibits City employees from activities that may divert their attention while driving.

The distracted driving policy takes effect Sept. 1. It bans employees from using cell phones or electronic devices including those with hands-free technology while driving. Examples of prohibited activities while driving include:

The policy has two major exclusions:

The City wants to keep its employees safe. Numerous studies have demonstrated how the use of cell phones and other wireless devices while driving pose a significant distraction and safety risk to motorists, their passengers and others on the road. Scientific studies have shown that cell phone use while driving increases the risk of being in a crash by four to five times. Data shows that 29 percent of those crashes are caused by distracted driving.

The distracted driving policy requires employees to operate vehicles with a heightened level of awareness and responsibility to ensure public safety and prevent injuries and property damage. 

Published Aug 23, 2016



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