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Cell Phones and Safety
We all know that distraction is a key factor in texting and talking on a cell phone while driving. It is imperative that we discuss and preach this message to our professional delivery drivers daily, especially now that our teams are equipped to use smart phones and tablets to communicate information about their progress, delivery status, and more.
Though we can talk about not using these devices while driving in theoretical terms very easily, the key message I would like to bring home here is exactly why we should never use these distractions while driving.
Recently in northern New Jersey area a bus driver who was on his cell phone lost control of the vehicle, hit several parked cars, and knocked over a traffic signal pole that fell down on an eight-month-old baby.
The mother was out for a walk with her baby in a stroller when this tragedy occurred and despite valiant efforts, the baby was crushed and killed. Though the driver was cited for his actions, at the end of the day the only thing that matters is that an innocent life was lost because of the negligence of a commercial driver.
It is our obligation to enforce the law and reiterate this important safety message with our professional drivers in a way that reverberates throughout our industry.