Doing Our Part to Stop Distracted DrivingPosted on Friday, June 7th, 2013 by Cindy Martens
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New Policy Banning Texting and Other Phone Use by Co-Workers While Driving Will Help Keep Kansas City Safe
Affinis Corp announced last month its commitment to the safety of its co-workers and the Kansas City community by enacting a new policy to help fight the epidemic of distracted driving. Effective April 8, 2013, company employees may not text or talk on a hand-held or hands-free cell phone while in a company vehicle, when operating a personal vehicle in connection with company business, or when the cell phone or mobile device is company owned or leased.
“Our business is designing safe streets and roadways,” said Rick Worrel, President. “By creating this new policy, we hope to not only keep our co-workers safe, but to do our part as responsible members of the community. We hope everyone in Kansas City will join us in making our community safer by putting their phones down and focusing on the road.”
Distracted driving is an epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 387,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. Texting and cell phone use behind the wheel takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your focus off driving – putting yourself and others in danger. Affinis is in the midst of a 12-month distracted driver education program using resources provided by the National Safety Council. For additional information, go to www.nsc.org.
“As anyone who has lost a loved one in a crash can tell you, even one traffic fatality is one too many. We are committed to eliminating this unnecessary risk and strongly believe that no conversation or text is worth the potential danger,” added Mike McKenna, Traffic Engineer.
To learn more about the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s effort to stop distracted driving, please visit distraction.gov.
Affinis Corp is located in Overland Park, KS and provides consulting engineering services in the areas of transportation and roadway design, stormwater services and federal services.