Driver or Transportation Safety
Distracted Driving Awareness
Distracted Driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include: texting; using a cell phone or smartphone; eating and drinking; talking to passengers; grooming, reading, including maps; using a navigation system; watching a video; adjusting a radio, cd player, or mp3 player. In a June 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released the Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving, a comprehensive plan for addressing the distracted driving epidemic.
Consistent with the USDOT’s efforts, Risk Management encourages agencies to voluntarily adopt and implement distracted driving policies that restrict the use of handheld cell phones while driving on state business, except as strictly necessary to fulfill approved and designated critical agency functions or in life/safety emergency situations. Such policies must require more than is already prohibited by law in N.C.C.C. § 39-08-23. Agencies that choose to adopt distracted driving policies that restrict the use of handheld cell phones consistent with that agency’s operations and critical business needs will be eligible to receive a discount on its Risk Management contribution. A sample policy statement is available through Risk Management.
Below are some direct links to materials and numerous resources available on the risks and facts of distracted driving:
- National Safety Council: Free webinars, videos, fact sheets, posters, infographics, white papers, etc.
- National Safety Council Cell Phone Policy Kit 2015
- Hands-Free Myth Fact Sheet
- Distracted Driving Presentation: Jennifer Smith, Distracted Driving Advocate & Speaker, http://jennifersmith-distracteddriving.com/Home_Page.html and http://stopdistractions.org (project of Distraction Advocate Network)
- Numerous resources have been compiled here: Distracted Driving Resources
- Texting While Driving
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