Employees working for Imperial Oil Limited and ExxonMobil Canada have been barred from using their cell phones while driving on company business in an effort to keep workers safe.
The company looked at various studies indicating that the use of cell phones – whether hand-held or hands-free – is hazardous to drivers.
A recent study by U.S. researcher David Stayer concluded that using a cell phone while driving is actually more dangerous than driving while legally drunk. He found the phones slowed reaction times significantly.
According to Mr. Stayer, 2,000 to 3,000 fatalities in the United States are related to cell-phone use while driving.
In New Jersey, a new law came into effect July 1 requiring drivers talking on cell phones in that state use hand-free units.
In New York and Florida, drivers are banned outright from talking on cell phones while in vehicles
Now if only other employers and the MVA will follow...