« Idaho Woman Claims $190M Mega Millions Pot, But Stays Out of Spotlight | Main | Delta to Take Bids for Bumping »

Top Companies Reduce Liability, Ban Cell Phone Use While Driving

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ISTACA, Ill.) – A new study has found that one in five Fortune 500 companies has banned cell phone use while driving on company time. The National Safety Council, which conducted the survey, found that cell phones are a factor in 23 percent of motor vehicle accidents every year.

“In January 2009, NSC called for a ban on all cell phone use while driving because research identified the behavior as dangerous. A driver is four times as likely to crash while talking on a cell phone while driving,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the Council. “Now, in 2011, our call to action is getting results, and our nation’s top employers are taking steps to protect their employees and communities in which they operate by implementing total cell phone bans.”

The study also found that companies with locations in more than one state applied the ban, regardless of the laws on the books in a particular state.

Although some bans had been in place since only 2008, the NSC said restrictions were able to be measured. While 19 percent of responding companies said productivity increased with the ban, 22 percent said it remained the same.

Of companies that responded to the survey and do not have a policy banning cell phone use while driving, 35 percent have plans to implement one within the next 12 months, the NSC says.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

References (2)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Response: Tecnologia
    [...]Top Companies Reduce Liability, Ban Cell Phone Use While Driving - Business News - ABC News Radio[...]
  • Response
    Response: right here

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>

ABC News Radio