We all know the risks of being distracted while operating a vehicle and half of the states have even made the decision to outlaw texting while driving. But for some drivers, a law is not enough to discourage such actions.
Texting while driving poses a huge threat not only to companies that employ drivers and operate fleets, but to others on the road. A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study found that texting while driving increases the risk of being in an accident by 23 times. As the report states, “Anti-texting laws do not protect businesses from irresponsible employees.” So how can you control the actions of your drivers when they’re on the road? Well thanks to RIMS 2010, I found out that there is a device that can actually disable texting capabilities on phones while they are in motion. The name? TextArrest.
What is it?
A smartphone application that automatically switches off text messaging and calling functions while the phone is in motion. It features:
- Integration with a phone’s GPS system to determine the speed of a moving vehicle
- Automatic switching off of text messaging and calling functions after a phone is detected to be traveling faster that 5 mph
- An auto response message from the driver that informs people sending text messages that their messages will be delivered once the user stops driving
Considering that distracted driving is such a problem now, fleet managers and risk managers may want to consider the option of having complete control of their driver’s cell phone use while operating a company vehicle. Smart risk management.