Survey: 32% of firms know cell phone use caused crashes

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Updated May 20, 2011

A survey shows that 32 percent of companies have knowledge or evidence of on-the-job crashes that resulted from distractions caused by employees using cell phones while driving, according to ZoomSafer, a provider of software designed to mitigate distracted driving.

The survey polled 500 business managers in North America and was designed to gauge corporate attitudes and best-practices pertaining to distracted driving. Survey results show that 62 percent of companies have written policies prohibiting employees from using a mobile phone while driving on the job. The survey also reveals that while many companies have written policies related to cell phone use while driving, only 53 percent try to enforce compliance.

Among companies that do enforce compliance, the survey found 61 percent rely on post-incident disciplinary measures, and only 2 percent use technology to measure and manage employee compliance proactively.

“The fact that so many companies are telling employees to put the phone down while driving is encouraging from a policy perspective ,” says Matt Howard, chief executive officer of ZoomSafer. “However, from a practical perspective, it’s simply not enough to change behavior. To truly change behavior and fully protect themselves from liability, companies must actively measure and enforce employee compliance.”

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