Volvo Works to Curb Distracted Driving
ROCKLEIGH, NJ - As more campaigns surface to fight distracted driving, Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) is encouraging other U.S. employers to join the movement by enacting stronger policies regarding the use of cell phones while driving.
Volvo has had strict safe-driving policies in place for its company cars for decades. These include mandatory use of seat belts for all occupants and hands-free devices for cellular phones while driving. Texting while driving is strictly prohibited for all Volvo employees while driving Volvo company cars.
"We invented the three-point seat belt, so it makes sense for Volvo to have employee policies for safe driving, but there is no reason other companies can't strengthen current policies or implement new ones," said Doug Speck, VCNA's president and CEO. "Even if a very small percentage of employers bring attention to the issue of distracted driving, it could have a major impact on making our roadways safer."
Volvo has posted its company vehicle safety policy on its blog, http://www.volvoblog.us/.
"Feel free to copy it word for word and make it part of your company's HR handbooks -- the sooner the better," added Speck.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008, 5,870 people lost their lives and an estimated 515,000 people were injured in crashes in which at least one form of driver distraction was reported on the crash report. What's more, these numbers represent only reported distractions, so the size of the problem is, much greater, concludes the NHTSA report.