Does Your Company have a No-Texting Policy? Would you like to avoid the liability that employee accidents create while driving on the job, while improving the safety of your employees? We have all seen someone texting while they were driving, a huge problem on our roadways today. Trying to craft a message and key it into a 6″ device is very distracting.
The solution may be establishing a no-texting-while-driving policy.
AT&T customers can download a Drive Mode app to help prevent this unsafe practice. This free app temporarily disables certain mobile device features, such as those distracting notification sounds when an incoming text message is received. People trying to reach you will simply receive an automatic response telling them that you’ll reply to their message when it’s safe to do so.
For now, DriveMode is only for Android and BlackBerry. An AT&T spokesperson Andrea Brands reports it has already been downloaded 51,000 times.
Another solution is Mobile TattleTale, available for Driod, iPhone, and Blackberry devices. This app offers many different functions, including speed control.
A survey by the Ad Council was recently released for “Stop the Texts Day,” from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. state attorneys general, and the Ad Council. It found that 60% of drivers surveyed said they’d texted while driving. Of that 60%, the majority said they’d continue to do so even knowing that TWD causes accidents.
Our company requires the use of hands-free devices like a speakerphone in conjunction with voice recognition software. We can place and receive calls or texts with the touch of one large button, on a device usually mounted on a visor. Simply speaking to it completes the action. But even with the use of this technology it can be challenging when driving on one of New Jersey’s congested and fast roadways.
Protect your company, and your employees who drive for business, with a firm policy and the assistance of technology. And demonstrate your leadership ability by installing a no-texting-while-driving app on your device.