People who send text messages while driving are three times more likely to crash than other drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The message: It’s time to revise your communications policy. Even if you already have a policy that bans chatting on cell phones while driving on company business—or at least requires hands-free devices—you should prohibit texting or surfing the web while driving, too. Train your staff and use e-mail reminders.
Two states—New Jersey and Washington—have passed laws that penalize drivers under the influence of a BlackBerry or other texting devices with a $100 fine.
Here’s a simple policy suggested in a Society for Human Resourcereport: “Employees are prohibited from texting or making use of electronic mail functions while the vehicle is in motion. This prohibition includes the time waiting for a traffic signal to change.”