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Survey asks local employers about cell phone policy

Douglas County Safe Communities, a partner in Minnesota's Safe Roads program, is joining with employers in Douglas County who are concerned about employee traffic safety while on and off the job.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, allowing employees to conduct either hands-free or handheld business on cell phones or other electronic devices while driving increases a crash risk by four times.

A significant amount of vehicular cell phone and electronic device use is done on the job. Many businesses have already acknowledged the injuries and costs associated with this behavior.

Businesses are implementing cell phone and electronic device policies in all industries and sectors - including private corporations, non-profits, government agencies, educational institutions, mass transit - not only for their fleets and commercial drivers, but for all employees.

The Safe Communities Coalition has designed a short survey which will take less than five minutes to complete. In twice the amount of time you will spend participating in this survey, one person will have died in a traffic crash in the United States. This survey will assist your business in identifying the need for a policy or enhance an existing policy. In addition the Safe Communities Coalition will provide free support and resources to interested employers.

A free seminar, "Worksite Distracted Driving Policy," will take place on Tuesday, March 9 at noon at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria. The Safe Communities Coalition and GLASH (Greater Lakes Area Safety and Health) council will host. Lisa Kons from the Minnesota Safety Council will speak about implementing distracted driving policies in the workplace.

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