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More Companies Banning Use of Cell Phones While Driving

In the wake of the National Transportation Safety Board recommendation last December that states and the District of Columbia ban the use of cell phones while driving, Owens Corning decided to adopt a similar ban: no employees may use their cell phones for business calls when they are driving
May 30, 2012

In the wake of the National Transportation Safety Board recommendation last December that states and the District of Columbia ban the use of cell phones while driving, Owens Corning decided to adopt a similar ban: no employees may use their cell phones for business calls when they are driving. The policy took full effect on March 31.

Owens Corning is not the only company to institute a ban on cell phone use by employees when driving. About a year ago, the National Safety Council, a nonprofit advocacy group, contacted Fortune 500 companies on their policies. Of the 150 or so companies that responded, 20 percent had a full cell phone ban in place, said David Teater, the group’s senior director of transportation strategic initiatives. He added that the council had seen an increasing number of companies adopt the policies in recent years. Still, there is no comprehensive data on how many companies have cell phone policies, he said.

Surveys by the National Safety Council and others found that bans on cell phone use while driving did not decrease productivity. Last month, the council released a white paper that found that employers were increasingly being held liable in cases when employees were involved in crashes where cell phone use was a factor, both during work and in non-work hours, and using both company and personal cars. The report detailed many cases where companies had paid awards of more than a million dollars.

Currently, 10 states and the District of Columbia prohibit drivers from using hand-held phones, and no state outlaws all cell phone use.

Read more on employers banning cell use: Employees Getting the Word About Safer Driving (NY Times 5/28/12)

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