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Dangers of Distracted Driving

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
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If your employees’ job responsibilities including driving a vehicle, a recent report from State Farm identifies risks you should address. State Farm Insurance released its “2015 Distracted Driving Survey” which finds that while fewer people are talking on the cell phone while driving, more are engaged in other activities with their smart phones while behind the wheel. ┬áThe survey finds that 51 per cent of respondents talked on the phone while driving, a decline from 65 per cent in 2009. But 36 per cent texted while driving, up from 31 per cent in 2009. And 29 per cent of those surveyed said they access the Internet while driving, up from 13 per cent in 2009. Other Internet activities that distract drivers include reading and responding to e-mails and accessing social media platforms online. The survey also revealed that respondents were aware of the dangers of using their smart phones while driving: that they could be distracted and cause car accidents and possibly deaths. If your employees drive vehicles as part of their work, your business has liability risks for what they do when they are behind the wheel, even if the cars they drive are┬átheir own and do not belong to the company. Protect your business and your employees with a written policy that prohibits Internet-based activities while driving.