3.1 Employer Programs
This countermeasure involves job-related distracted driving. There are many ways States can work with employers to address distracted driving. Employers can protect themselves by implementing policies that prohibit distracted driving and by monitoring compliance. The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) program is an initiative founded by NHTSA and led by participating employers that is aimed at improving traffic safety of employees and broader members of the community. NETS provides a variety of road safety resources for participating employers that can be found at https://trafficsafety.org/road-safety-resources/distracted-driving-campaign-materials-graphics/. The National Safety Council has developed a policy kit to assist employers with implementing or strengthening a cell phone ban, available at https://safety.nsc.org/cellphonekit.
Use: At least 17 States and the District of Columbia have worked with employers in their States to develop distracted driving policies (GHSA, 2013).
Effectiveness Concerns: No employer distracted driving program has currently been evaluated.
Further information about the known research, potential effectiveness, costs, use, and time to implement is available in Appendix A4, Section 2.1.