When you are making your daily commute to and from work in the Houston area, it can sometimes be difficult to stop thinking about what is going on back at the office. What about that phone call you really need to make or that email you have not responded to yet? Is it really so bad to send a quick text message while waiting at a red light? The answer is yes.
The danger of distracted driving
Motorists who are trying to text while driving, make a phone call or are otherwise distracted while driving pose significant risks to others on the road. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 13% of all car accidents in the United States in 2020 involved a distracted driver. These crashes caused over 3,000 fatalities. Still, it is estimated that at any given time in 2020, around 3% of all motorists were using a cellphone or other handheld device while behind the wheel.
Employers can discourage distracted driving
Clearly, distracted driving is still an issue in the United States. If an employer provides a company cellphone or company car for their employees to use at work, there are ways they can help discourage distracted driving.
For example, they can enact company policies banning cellphone use while driving that employees must read and sign. They can educate employees on the risks distracted driving poses and how to comply with policies banning it. Technology also exists to block cellphone use while behind the wheel or detects distracted driving behaviors.
Texas employers can take steps to discourage distracted driving but staying alert and safe is the responsibility of all motorists, even if they are issued a company cellphone or company car. Driving is part of the routine workday for many employees, and it can be tempting to try to get some work done while behind the wheel. However, doing so is dangerous and can easily lead to a fatal distracted driving accident.