CHICAGO, March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ today announced its participation in Distracted Driving Awareness month with an education campaign to promote safe driving behaviors. Distracted driving has joined alcohol and speeding as a leading factor in fatal and serious injury crashes, according to the National Safety Council, and cell phone use is involved in more than a quarter of all vehicle crashes.
"Distracted driving poses significant risk to every business that has employees who drive both company-owned and personal vehicles for company business," said Steve Hernandez, Senior Vice President, Risk Control, ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Commercial. "To reduce deaths and injuries associated with distracted driving, ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s experts are using their knowledge and experience to help our customers better manage their exposures."
Companies and individuals with company-owned and personal vehicles that are used for company business can learn strategies that manage driving behavior by joining ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ and Focus Driven, a nonprofit that raises awareness around distracted driving, at a complimentary webinar April 11 at 12 p.m. CT. The webinar, "Distracted Driving â€” Impact on Employee Safety, Productivity and Employer Liability," will also detail trends that can impact safety. Register for the webinar at .
Similarly to driving while intoxicated, using a cell phone while driving unnecessarily puts the driver and others at risk of injury - or even death. ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s Rob Beneze, Risk Control Consulting Director, writes about how with the Textalyzer, a new device that is the digital equivalent of the Breathalyzer. This new technology could determine whether a driver had used the phone to text, email or any other action that is forbidden under hands-free driving laws immediately prior to an accident.
ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ recommends these 10 tips can help businesses minimize auto distractions:
Additional information on distracted driving resources can be found at or .
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