The purpose of this policy is to protect your safety by banning you from using cell phones and other wireless devices when driving that may cause distractions that prevent you from concentrating 100 percent on safe operation of the vehicle and thus lead to accidents.
I. RULES FOR DRIVERS
A) Ban on Wireless Communication Devices. When you are on duty and driving, you may not use a wireless communication device of any type. This includes not only cell phones, but also mobile phones, text pagers, two-way radios and other wireless devices.
B) Scope. The ban on the use of wireless communication devices above applies:
- To all vehicles operated by workers while on duty, whether owned by the company or the individual worker;
- To all wireless devices, whether owned by the company or by the individual worker; and
- To all conversations, whether personal or business-related; and
C) No Hands-Free Devices.
The ban on using cell phones and other devices while driving applies to all devices, including the use of cell phones with hands-free headsets.
D)Handling Calls While Driving.
- Incoming Calls: Make sure your phone has caller ID and/or voice mail. If the phone rings, don’t answer it unless and until you pull over in a safe spot (or let a passenger answer the call). If it’s urgent, you may accept or return the call, provided that you remain parked off the roadway. You may not resume driving until your conversation ends.
- Outgoing Calls: You may not make outgoing calls while driving. If you want to place a call, pull over in a safe spot first.
II. RULES FOR SITE WORKERS
A) Ban on Calling Workers Who Are Driving. If you know that a worker is driving, do not call him or her on the cell phone or other wireless device.
B) Procedures for Calling Workers Who Might Be Driving. If you do not know if the worker is driving and the matter is urgent, you may place the call at the worker’s cell phone but must immediately ask the person if he or she is driving. If the worker is in fact driving, hang up after telling the worker to call you back when he/she pulls over or gets out of the vehicle.
C) Procedures for Receiving Calls from Workers Who May Be Driving. If you receive a call from workers who are on their cell phone or other wireless device, ask them if they are driving. If they are, tell them to pull over and call you back. Hang up the phone as quickly as possible.
III. ALL WORKERS
Effect of Policy. Violations of the foregoing rules will be considered a serious offense and may result in the imposition of discipline up to and including termination.
Reminder: The use of cell phones and other wireless devices while driving leads to distractions that can result in traffic accidents. So, while we cannot force you to adhere to these rules when you are not on duty, we strongly urge you to do so for your own safety and well-being and that of family, friends and third parties on the roadways.
I have read and will abide by the conditions as stated in this document regarding the operation of any vehicle for company business and while conducting work at the company’s worksite.
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