Despite warnings about the dangers, and bans in most states, distracted driving remains a serious threat to the safety of everyone on our roads. To help put an end the use of cell phones and electronic devices behind the wheel, First Student is proud to join with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its#justdrive tweet-up to Stop Distracted Driving on April 30.
More than 3,100 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes that were caused by distracted driving in 2013. The NHTSA also estimates that at any given moment in the United States, there are 660,000 people using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.
First Student led the industry in 2008 when it issued a company-wide policy prohibiting all employees from using a mobile device, either hand-held or hands-free, while driving.
Our employees are instructed to pull over at a safe location and turn off their engine before making a call or sending a text. We also encourage employees to observe the policy while on personal time and to promote the practice with their family and friends.
The safety of our passengers, employees and other motorists is our foremost concern. It is why we fully support initiatives that promote safe driving practices, including the NHTSA tweet-up to Stop Distracted Driving. On April 30, we will be telling our followers: don’t text, #justdrive. It could save lives.