Traveling right along with the ‘technology we love to travel with,’ are some sobering statistics of injuries and deaths. The Centers for Disease Control reports that more than a thousand people are injured each day in vehicle crashes attributed to distracted drivers. The deaths from distracted driving hit 3,331 in 2011, with the number injured coming in at 416,000.
While distracted driving includes visual and manual errors, such as taking your eyes off the road or hands off the steering wheel, there is now clear evidence that using devices such as cell phones while driving is increasing the injuries and deaths attributed to distracted driving. For fleets in particular this is a troublesome trend, especially in the light of the US Department of Transportation’s ban on texting and cell phone use for commercial drivers and the increasing number of states that are enacting similar laws. It’s one thing to set up policies that prohibit drivers of company vehicles from texting and talking on smart phones, but quite another to enforce those policies. Read More