Is your business ready for a change in New Mexico driving laws?
To deal with the dangerous consequences of driving while texting, Gov. Susana Martinez recently signed legislation that will prohibit texting while operating a vehicle. Effective July 1, 2014 this law prohibits all drivers from sending or reading text messages and emails, or making Internet searches from smart phones or other handheld wireless devices.
As an employer, your drivers and all employees need the resources to help them understand the effects that Distracted Driving – cell phone use especially– has on accident rates and their safety. If your company does not have a written policy regarding use of cell phones while driving, New Mexico Mutual recommends that you put one in place and communicate it to your employees.
Commercial drivers who texted on a cell phone while driving were 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a “safety critical event” in a recent study. (The study, by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, defines safety critical events as crashes, near-crashes, crash-relevant conflicts and unintentional lane deviations.)
“One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” is an initiative by the U.S. DOT and its partners to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and phoning while driving. Their website, distraction.gov, has samples of a company-wide policy you can adopt on distracted driving and includes posters and other materials you can download for free.
Click here to access New Mexico Mutual’s various driver safety trainings and resources. Please log in to access these sections. If you do not have a user name and login, please have your policyholder number and Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) available. Once you enter that information, a user name and password will be provided for you to log in.
Our risk and safety consultants are fact finders and problem solvers who can help you put a solid, no-distractions driving program in place. You can email us at NMMSafetyAdvisor@NewMexicoMutual.com if you have any questions.
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