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April 02, 2013
CDC: Cell phones 'fatal distraction' for drivers

Your company has rules about employees talking on their phones and texting while driving, but are they following them?

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New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 69 percent of U.S. drivers talked on their cell phone while driving in the 30 days before they were surveyed. And 31 percent said they had read or sent text messages or e-mails while driving.

“The cell phone can be a fatal distraction for those who use it while they drive,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden. “Driving and dialing or texting don’t mix. If you are driving, pull over to a safe place and stop before you use your cell phone.”

It’s a perfect time to take action to reduce distracted driving because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The National Safety Council urges drivers to:

  • Stop using cell phones while driving.
  • Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain.
  • Inform people who call while driving that you’d be happy to continue the conversation once they have reached their destination.
  • Tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving.

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