CHANTILLY, Va., Oct. 27, 2011 — Citizant has adopted a new Distracted Driving Policy that supports new federal acquisition regulations and guidelines as promoted by the U.S. Department. of Transportation on the distraction.gov Web site.
Citizant created this policy to support Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.223-18 entitled “Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging While Driving,” which was first authorized in an executive order by President Obama in 2009 and finalized in the FAR in August 2011. Under the policy, employees are prohibited from operating a company or personal vehicle for business purposes while using a cell phone, laptop or GPS.
Citizant’s action echoes the ban on using cell phones while driving that has been enacted by 9 states and District of Columbia, as well as the ban on texting while driving that has been enacted by 34 states and the District of Columbia.
In 2009, 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. Companies and groups that adopt this policy help heighten awareness of this public danger and contribute to safer roads in a meaningful way.