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Distracted driving

An estimated 25 percent of all fatal vehicle crashes in B.C. can be attributed to distracted driving. Wireless devices, such as cellphones, are the top cause of this distraction. Employers are responsible for preventing the use of cellphones and other electronic devices while your workers are driving on the job.

The risk

Distractions create situations and hazards that can be prevented. When combined with a constantly-changing road environment, performing other tasks while driving can result in errors that can have tragic results.

Reducing the risk

There are four things employers can do to reduce the risk of distracted driving on the job:

  1. 1

    Create a policy and safe work procedures

    Create a policy and safe work procedures that clearly spell out the expectations on the use of electronic devices.

  2. 2

    Communicate the policy and procedures

    Communicate the policy and procedures to your managers, workers, and contractors — often. Let them know that they can't talk on the phone or text while driving for work.

  3. 3

    Support your workers

    Tell your customers that staff can't answer calls or texts while driving. Have your workers create an "I'm behind the wheel" voice message before they begin driving.

  4. 4

    Set an example

    Never touch an electronic device while you're driving.