How it Helps
For this strategy to be effectively implemented, drivers must be educated on the hazards of being distracted while driving. It is critical that drivers are taught to avoid texting or making phone calls while driving. Even though some drivers make use of a hands-free device, which is a better option compared to texting and making calls while driving, it is still unsafe.3
Penalties for Non-compliance:
Drivers and all parties involved in the policy should be advised of the consequences of not adhering to laws in place to decrease distracted driving. Those who fail to observe traffic laws and fundamental driving norms should be penalized.3
Telematics technology can monitor and change distracted driving patterns, lowering the incidence of fatal accidents.4 It analyzes behaviors like conversations, active screen time, and so on, using data from the driver’s smartphone. With this, drivers will be able to monitor their driving behavior and adjust accordingly. However, this technology requires that drivers own a smartphone, thus making monitoring for drivers without smartphones more challenging.
1) The National Safety Council (NSC)
The National Safety Council (NSC) is a prominent non-profit organization in the United States that strives to ensure that everyone is safe by focusing on workplace, highway, and impairment concerns. The NSC assists organizations in developing a safety culture that will make people safer in the workplace and beyond.
2) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is in charge of keeping Americans safe on the roads. NHTSA lowers injuries and financial damage in automobile accidents by implementing vehicle performance requirements and forming partnerships with provincial and municipal authorities.
3) Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is an association of corporate highway safety specialists whose purpose is to maximize road safety for workers, their families, and concerned citizens where they reside and operate. Members assist each other in improving road safety and reducing expenses by measuring fleet safety and providing verified, recommended practice initiatives, such as attempts to eliminate texting while driving.