According to a recent study, one-fifth of drivers between 16 and 61 who own cell phones send or receive text messages while driving and four-fifths make calls, yet 98 percent of American drivers say they are “safe” drivers. Not so, says Nationwide Insurance, which found that almost half of drivers say they’ve been hit or almost hit by a driver using a cell phone.
In light of the connection between distracted driving and motor vehicle accidents, as well as the recent subway crash involving a driver who was texting his girlfriend, more and more companies are imposing cell phone bans on their employees.
When AMEC banned its employees from using cellphones while driving on company time in 2005, the ban was met with cynicism. Now AMEC is leading the way for many more companies to do the same, according to reports in the Boston Globe. Some companies are even taking it a step further and banning all electronic devices while driving. While AMEC doesn’t have any stats on whether car accident rates have decreased, over three-quarters of employees say they have cut back on using cell phones while driving in their personal life.