Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving

Being an attentive and alert driver can help prevent crashes that lead to unintentional injury and death. With the rapid adoption of smartphones in the United States, distracted driving has become a hot topic in traffic safety. From 2010 – 2019 a total of 40,946 crashes were caused by distracted driving which lead to 14,018 injuries and 119 fatalities in Nebraska alone (NDOT, 2021). That’s an increase of over 30%!

Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaged in any task that takes your focus off the road – texting, talking on the phone, watching videos, reading, even passengers can be a distraction.  Distracting tasks can affect drivers in different ways and can be categorized as visual, manual, and cognitive distraction.

 

Question of Liability

Two major implications are the safety of employees and employer liability. Allowing employees to conduct business on hands-free devices while driving is to invite a 4x increased likelihood of a crash. The risks are even higher when a driver is texting and emailing. Calculate on & off the job employer costs here! Finally, Jury awards and settlements in recent years have included amounts of 21.6 million, $18 million, $16.1 million, $5.2 million and $2 million. Juries expect employers to be aware of the risks. Otherwise, this is seen as grossly negligent.

What Employers Can Do

1. CREATE A POLICY

Develop a formal, written policy stating the company’s position on distractions while driving.

DOWNLOAD A FREE POLICY KIT

2. SCHEDULE A PRESENTATION

National Safety Council, Nebraska offers an educational presentation about distracted driving for your staff at no cost to you.

SCHEDULE A PRESENTATION

3. KICK OFF YOUR CAMPAIGN

Effective policies are communicated often and in various forms. Send regular messaging to employees via emails, newsletters, social media and training sessions to reinforce the policy.

FREE PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

4. CONDUCT A CELL PHONE OBSERVATION

Perform an unannounced check to observe cell phone usage while driving!

CELL PHONE OBSERVATION

PDF posters for printing and posting all around your workplace or organization.


Somebody’s Waiting

Download

Hey, Are You On Your Way?

Download

Dead Man Talking

Download

Donut Drive Distracted

Download

Just Drive

Download

Multitasking: Your Opportunity to Screw Up

Download

Before You Drive Away – Rental Car Check List

Download

“This is Not a Phone Booth”

Download

360 Degree Walk Around

Download

A Crash is Not an Accident

Download

Change driver behavior with our creative resources and your ongoing educational efforts. Share this silent looping file in your lobbies, breakrooms and other places where you post information on video monitors. Your employees will learn answers to these questions (and much, much more):

  • What do an astronaut and safe driver have in common?
  • Is it safe to use a hands-free device while driving?
  • Where do you think the majority of fall-asleep crashes occur?

DIRECT DOWNLOAD: Please contact us to request additional video downloads in English and Spanish


Short safety talks designed with safety leaders in mind. An easy tool to deliver a safety talk in 5–15 minutes.


Safety Huddles icon

Nebraska Safety Coaching Cards 2021

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Intersections

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Railroads

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Pedestrians

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Securing Your Load

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Work Zones

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Distracted Driving

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Road Signs

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Backing Up

Download

Take advantage of a captive audience by posting Traffic Tabloids in company or organization restrooms.


July – Summer Safe Time

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

June – Safety in All Times & Places

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

May – Share The Road

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

April – Free Is The Way To Be

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

March – Even When Wet, Safety is Your Best Bet

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

February – Road Safety is Dear To My Heart

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

New Year, New Chance To Get It Right

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

November – Serve Up Safe Driving

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

December – Recipe for Holiday Safety

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

September – Drivers, Motorcycles, Bicyclists and Pedestrians Share the Road

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

August – Pedestrians and Parking Lots

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

June – Heat Stroke, Distraction

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

May – Visibility

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

April – Distracted Driving

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

February 2021: Love Candy! Love Safe Drivers!

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

January 2021: Drive to Conditions

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

December 2020: Let Safety Guide Your Sleigh Tonight!

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

November 2020: Is Your Safety Vision 2020?

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

October 2020: Can You Do Two Things at Once?

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

September 2020: Pedestrians Do Not Make Good Hood Ornaments

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

August 2020: If You’re Distracted, Who’s Driving?

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

May 2020: Priorities Change … Values Do Not

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

February 2020: Love Your Loved Ones Enough To …

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

Safe Driving Is the Artwork of Awareness Etched in One’s mind.

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

Safety is Not a Backup Plan

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

Deck the Halls with Safety

Download

July – Summer Safe Time

Download

Somebody’s Waiting

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

June – Safety in All Times & Places

Download
Videos icon

Distracted Driving Affected Us – Paul

Videos icon

Distracted Driving Affected Us – Cade

Videos icon

Distracted Driving Affected Us – Cliff

Videos icon

State Patrolman Shares a Message

Videos icon

Multitasking: Fact or Fiction?

Videos icon

Distracted Driving Affected Us – Ashley

Videos icon

Distracted Driving Affected Us

Traffic Tabloids icon

May – Share The Road

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

April – Free Is The Way To Be

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

March – Even When Wet, Safety is Your Best Bet

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

February – Road Safety is Dear To My Heart

Download

Hey, Are You On Your Way?

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

New Year, New Chance To Get It Right

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

November – Serve Up Safe Driving

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

December – Recipe for Holiday Safety

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

September – Drivers, Motorcycles, Bicyclists and Pedestrians Share the Road

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

August – Pedestrians and Parking Lots

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

June – Heat Stroke, Distraction

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

May – Visibility

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

April – Distracted Driving

Download
Videos icon

A Creative Way to Deliver Traffic Safety: Looping Video

Change driver behavior with our creative resources and your ongoing educational efforts. Share this silent looping file in your lobbies, breakrooms and other places where you post information on video monitors. Your employees will learn answers to these questions (and much, much more):

What do an astronaut and safe driver have in common?
Is it safe to use a hands-free device while driving?
Where do you think the majority of fall-asleep crashes occur?
DIRECT DOWNLOAD: Go to this transfer portal to download the mp4 file of this silent looping presentation directly to your computer. Tap on the three white dots in the bottom, right corner, and click download.

Safety Huddles icon

Nebraska Safety Coaching Cards 2021

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

February 2021: Love Candy! Love Safe Drivers!

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

January 2021: Drive to Conditions

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

December 2020: Let Safety Guide Your Sleigh Tonight!

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

November 2020: Is Your Safety Vision 2020?

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

October 2020: Can You Do Two Things at Once?

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

September 2020: Pedestrians Do Not Make Good Hood Ornaments

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

August 2020: If You’re Distracted, Who’s Driving?

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

May 2020: Priorities Change … Values Do Not

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

February 2020: Love Your Loved Ones Enough To …

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

Safe Driving Is the Artwork of Awareness Etched in One’s mind.

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

Safety is Not a Backup Plan

Download
Traffic Tabloids icon

Deck the Halls with Safety

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Intersections

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Railroads

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Pedestrians

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Securing Your Load

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Work Zones

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Distracted Driving

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Road Signs

Download
Safety Huddles icon

Safety Huddle – Backing Up

Download

Dead Man Talking

Download

Donut Drive Distracted

Download

Just Drive

Download

Multitasking: Your Opportunity to Screw Up

Download

Before You Drive Away – Rental Car Check List

Download

“This is Not a Phone Booth”

Download

360 Degree Walk Around

Download

A Crash is Not an Accident

Download
National Safety Council - Nebraska (NSCN)

Policy Toolkit

What's your policy on cell phones and seat belt use while on the clock? Check out free resources to get your policy started! Remember, a vehicle is someone's office.

Toolkit Resources

Recent Posts

Know Safety, No Crashes: Safety Recall!

July 1, 2022

The last two years have been difficult for everyone, but with life returning to some semblance of normal, more people are traveling. It’s time for your summer road trip! You work through a checklist to make sure you are ready. All the essentials are packed, and then you remember, “I need to check the car.” […]

Read More

Know Safety, No Crashes: America’s Birthday

June 29, 2022

As we prepare to celebrate America’s birthday and our independence from the pandemic that has altered our lives for so long, we also should think about how to best shape our new path forward. We all will be making choices in the coming days pertaining to Fourth of July celebrations. Will you go to the […]

Read More
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/record-a-meeting-in-teams-34dfbe7f-b07d-4a27-b4c6-de62f1348c24#bkmk_recordmeetingorcall

Know Safety, No Crashes: Impaired Behavior

June 25, 2022

Several years ago while driving home, I looked in my rearview mirror and noticed a vehicle coming up on me at a high rate of speed. Noticing that I was on a highway with a paved shoulder, I immediately moved over to let the vehicle pass. Shortly after, I felt the impact of that vehicle […]

Read More