Is Your CDL Truck Driver Hands Free?
LOOK MA…NO HANDS!
The S.A.F.E.S.T. CDL truck drivers use a hands-free or speaker function on their cell phones to stay in contact with employers, pick-up or delivery destinations, family, etc.. Contracted Driver Services insists all CDL drivers read, sign and abide by the following:
Here are a few distracted driving facts:
*Drivers on mobile phones are more impaired than drivers at .08 BAC.
*Drivers who use cell phones are 4 times more likely to be in a crash while using a cell phone.
*Cell phone use contributes to an estimated 6% of all crashes, which equates to 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, 12,000 serious injuries and 2,600 deaths each year.
*80% of crashes are related to driver inattention. There are certain activities that may be more dangerous than talking on a cell phone. However, cell phone use occurs more frequently and for longer durations than other riskier behaviors. Thus, the #1 source of driver inattention is cell phones.
*The annual cost of crashes caused by cell phone use is estimated to be $43 billion.
**All of the above data and figures experience in increase on a yearly basis!!!!
SAFETY Tip: if you must drive and converse using a “LOOK MA…NO HANDS” cell phone gadget, please keep your conversation as brief as possible. Get to your destination so you have that conversation, in person and SAFELY.