SiebenCarey Adopts Workplace Policy To Stop Distracted Driving
- Employees Sign “Yes I Will Stop Distracted Driving” Pledge
- Firm Challenges Minnesota Organizations to Support Distracted Driving Awareness Month this April
SiebenCarey today announced it has adopted a new workplace policy to end distracted driving. The policy includes a Safe Driving Pledge that more than 30 SiebenCarey employees signed following a presentation by Art Kosieradzki, a partner with the firm and long-time advocate of distracted driving awareness. National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is underway now through April 30.
“One in four Minnesotans are distracted drivers and nearly 5,000 people die every year in the U.S. due to distracted driving,” said Kosieradzki. “We’re all guilty of texting or talking on our cell phone, eating or some other form of multi tasking while driving. Our ‘Yes I Will Stop Distracted Driving’ (www.YesIWill.us) campaign is designed to reach teens, parents, grandparents – all drivers – who think they’re invincible behind the wheel."
Kosieradzki first began speaking to Minnesota high school students about the dangers of distracted driving in 2010. He has presented on the topic to a variety of organizations, reaching people of all age groups. When a high school student approached him and asked how she could get involved in the effort, Kosieradzki developed the “Yes I Will” initiative.
“In addition to speaking with high school students and asking them to sign the pledge, we’re inviting Minnesota organizations to adopt a similar workplace policy and share this message with their employees,” said Kosieradzki. “As adults, we must mentor our children – and we can’t effectively do that if we’re busy talking or texting while we drive them in our vehicles. The bottom line: We have to change our driving behaviors.”
Steps to End Distracted Driving
- Eliminate the use of cell phones while driving
- Reduce/eliminate the use of hands-free and Bluetooth device use while driving
- Safely pull over to answer mobile phone calls or let calls go to voice mail while driving
- Reduce/eliminate distractions including eating, programming the GPS while driving, reading, personal grooming and other activities
- Be a good role model by driving in a non-distracted manner
- Don’t expect immediate responses to calls and texts from individuals who are driving
- Delegate mobile phone use to a passenger
Kosieradzki shared his presentation with students at Lakeville North and South High Schools on April 14 and 15. For more information about the “Yes I Will” campaign, or to download the Stop Distracted Driving Pledge for use at your organization, visit: www.YesIWill.us.