The month of April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This topic carries significant importance to every driver and passenger on the road. A quick information search provides a multitude of stories and sobering statistics. It’s well known that even the well-intended, lawful and attentive driver can be at risk when others are distracted. The Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving offers a number of facts, pledges, samples and definitions of distracted driving. We strongly encourage you review information on this topic and establish clear criteria and training methods to better safeguard those who are responsible for operating your fleet of vehicles.
- What is a distracted driver? Start by answering this question and providing a list of situations and items associated with distracted driving. Include things like cell/device usage, changing the radio station, conversation within the cabin, reading directions, grooming, eating, drinking and anything else that would divert a driver’s attention away from the road.
- Develop criteria, requirements and rules for all approved drivers to adhere to. Outline activities and events that fall under the distracted driving category and implement a no-tolerance policy for infractions of any kind.
- Consider doing additional research on your state specific DMV rules and regulations. Each state upholds different laws and driving regulations for its licensed drivers. It is wise to review your state specific law and clearly reinforce the need for compliance.
- Finally, contact your local law enforcement department. They may have a community outreach program available on this topic. Perhaps it is a worthwhile program to schedule for your drivers and interested congregation members.
Hopefully by providing more knowledge and training, individuals can be better informed and prepared for a responsible and safe driving experience.