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distracted driving

 

Distracted driving is a significant issue that affects the safety of roads and highways across the world. In Nigeria, it is no different. As the number of cars on Nigerian roads increases exponentially, so does the risk of distracted driving incidents. Driving while distracted could lead to fatalities and severe injuries for drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and other road users.

Employers have an essential role to play in reducing distracted driving, especially among their employees. Companies can contribute to creating a safer driving culture by implementing policies that discourage distracted driving.

One of the most effective ways to reduce distracted driving in the workplace is through having a cell phone policy. A cell phone policy sets out guidelines for employees on the use of mobile devices when driving during work hours or for work-related purposes.

While some employers may fret over lost productivity resulting from a cell phone ban, research shows that such policies do not necessarily affect productivity negatively. Instead, many companies that adopted zero tolerance cell phone policies saw productivity increase.

distracted driving
distracted driving

To acclimate employees to standing behind a cell phone ban, employers should educate them about the dangers of texting while driving regularly. Regular conferences that demonstrate the importance of safe driving can reinforce the idea in employees’ minds. Also, employers should create an environment that is accepting of commuters and show united support for the policy.

Legal accountability is another crucial consideration for employers. Employers may be held accountable if their employee crashes while “acting within the scope of his or her employment.” Hence, a zero tolerance cell phone ban policy can help provide legal protection for companies if an employee has a distracted driving-related accident while performing work-related business.

Enforcing a cell phone policy requires some monitoring. Educating employees about the risks of distracted driving through conferences and posters throughout the workplace is one way to curtail the practice. Employers can also plan ahead for meetings to prevent employees from joining the call while driving. If an employee knows there is a meeting that must be attended while in transit, they should plan for a place to stop and participate in the meeting before continuing to drive.

In conclusion, distracted driving is a serious problem that calls for urgent action. Employers have a responsibility to protect their employees and other road users by implementing policies that discourage distracted driving. With a zero tolerance cell phone policy, companies can contribute to creating a safer driving culture and help reduce distracted driving-related fatalities and injuries on Nigerian roads.

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