Driving distracted is extremely dangerous:
- Drivers are spending more than 50% of their time focused on things other than their driving,
- 16% of fatal accidents can be contributed to distracted driving,
- Each year, more than 5,000 traffic fatalities can be contributed to distracted driving ,
- Almost 25% of the time a teen drivers is behind the wheel they are distracted, and
- Aside from texting and driving and other activities associated with mobile devices, eating, passengers and other in-car technologies cause drivers to be distracted.
At Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP, our community is important to us. We believe that you and your family should be more important than any text or phone call. Because of this, we have adopted a safe driving policy which is followed by every employee. We are committed to promoting safe driving both personally and professionally.
HARDEE, MASSEY & BLODGETT’S SAFE DRIVING POLICY
I will be a safer driver by:
- Not texting while driving
- Not using any type hand-held device while driving
- Reducing cell phone use while driving, including the use of hands-free or Bluetooth devices
- Letting voicemail answer calls when driving
- Pulling off the side of the road to retrieve and make calls
- Ending calls or texts if I know the recipient is actively driving
- Eliminating or reducing driving distractions such as reading, programming the GPS, eating, personal grooming and any other activities that take my mind and eyes off the act of driving
- Being a role model for family, friends and co-workers by driving in a safe, distraction-free manner
- Encouraging family, friends, co-workers and others to be safer drivers by:
- Asking them to wait until they stop driving before trying to contact them
- Asking them to be patient and not expect immediate responses to your texts or calls as you may be driving
- Asking that we work together to implement a plan for acceptable response times when driving
- Asking them, as a passenger, to share responsibility with the driver to arrive safely and offer solutions if a driver starts to drive distracted
COMMONLY MISUNDERSTOOD TRAFFIC LAWS
- When a roadway does not have a median, all traffic coming from both directions must come to a full stop when a school bus stops for passengers.
- Most drivers understand the basics of a four-way stop. Knowing that whoever reaches the stop sign first proceeds first. And, as a general rule, the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield to the vehicle on the right.
- Driving through roundabouts can be confusing if you are not used to them. Keep in mind that if you’re getting ready to enter a roundabout, you must yield to vehicles that are already in the roundabout.
- When entering a highway, merging vehicles should accelerate and adjust their speed to safely enter into the flow of traffic. Meanwhile, vehicles that are already driving on the interstate should maintain the legal speed limit and, if possible, move over a lane to allow for merging traffic.