The mobile phone has revolutionized the way we communicate
The National Road Safety Partner Program in Australia has released a report that outlines how and why to develop a policy for mobile phone use in motor vehicles. If you have yet to create a mobile phone policy, or if it’s been a few years since you’ve taken a hard look at yours, this excellent report will have you thinking of everything you should be covering.
The mobile phone has revolutionized the way we communicate. It has not only permeated every facet of our lives – work, personal and social – but has brought them together into the one space. And because our mobiles are always within arm’s reach, they have the potential to impact everything we do, including our ability to drive a car safely.
Using a mobile phone while driving is a growing and concerning behavior for organizations. There is a large body of road safety research that shows mobile phones can be a distraction and have the capacity to divert a driver’s attention away from the road. And the evidence is clear: taking your eyes off the road poses the most dangerous and greatest risk when driving a vehicle.
Organizations have a responsibility to provide their employees with a safe working environment, which also extends to when they are driving vehicles. Therefore it is critical that processes are put in place to ensure that the demands of an organization’s operations are not a catalyst for employees to use mobile phones illegally or in an unsafe manner.