ITD encourages employers to help stop distracted driving

ITD encourages employers to help stop distracted driving

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Aug 14, 2014

The Idaho Transportation Department, Idaho Power, Franklin Building Supply and other companies are changing how employees conduct themselves on roadways by enacting bans on hand-held electronic communication devices and cell phones while in company vehicles with a company-issued cell phone.

“Safety is the top priority in Idaho,” said Scott Stokes, ITD chief deputy.

“By creating a no-phone policy, employers not only keep their employees safe, but they are doing their part as responsible members of the community,” he explained. “We hope every employer in Idaho will join us in making our roads safer by encouraging employees to put phones down and focus on the road.”

Distracted driving is a problem on Idaho’s roadways with 43 people killed last year in distracted-driving crashes.

In the past five years, a total of 245 people were killed on state roadways, with an average of more than 3,500 people injured in each of those years.

“As anyone who has lost a loved one in a crash can tell you, even one traffic fatality is one too many,” added Stokes. “We are committed to eliminating this unnecessary risk and strongly believe that no conversation or text is worth the potential danger.”