Sprint Employees Voluntarily Pledge Not to Text or Email While Driving
Sprint Endorses Legislation to Combat Texting While Driving
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 23, 2009--
Whether you are driving across the country or just across town for the
holidays, Sprint (NYSE:S) urges you to keep this in mind: According to
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008 distracted
driving was responsible for 16 percent of all traffic fatalities and 21
percent of all traffic injury accidents.
While there are a host of things that can contribute to driver
distraction including eating, adjusting the radio, or merely taking in
the scenery, Sprint is particularly concerned with the disturbing trend
of texting while driving. To set an example for its customers, Sprint
recently launched a campaign aimed at employees asking them to
voluntarily pledge not to text or email while driving.
“As employees of a mobile telecommunications company, we want to set an
example for our customers, families, and friends by staying focused on
the road,” said Sandy Price, senior vice president of Human Resources
Distracted driving is a serious issue in the United States.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
distracted driving kills 5,800 Americans and injures another 515,000
people each year.
Distraction from cell phone use while driving (hand-held or
hands-free) extends a driver's reaction as much as having a blood
alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (University
Driver distraction was involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in
2008 and was most prevalent among drivers 20 years old and younger
(U.S. Department of Transportation)
The No. 1 source of driver inattention is use of a wireless device.
Drivers who use cell phones are four times as likely to get into
crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (NHTSA, Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety)
Along with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of
Transportation (DOT), Sprint will take an active role in workshops
designed to uncover the best ways to evaluate technologies that might
help curb the dangerous epidemic of distracted driving and to educate
consumers about the dangers of distracted driving.
The Sprint Employee “Don’t Drive Distracted” Pledge
Every Sprint employee is asked to do their part in reducing the number
of distracted drivers on the road by making a voluntary commitment to
drive responsibly by taking the “Don’t Drive Distracted” pledge.
The pledge reads as follows:
As an employee of a wireless provider, I will set a good example in
my community and engage in safe driving practices in my personal life by
avoiding risky behaviors like texting or e-mailing while I am operating
a motor vehicle.
The pledge is voluntary and is aimed at employees driving their personal
vehicles – whether for work or personal business. Sprint already has in
place a policy that prohibits employees from texting or e-mailing while
driving company-owned vehicles or their own vehicles while driving on
Sprint Urges Passage of Legislation to Combat Driving While Texting
Sprint is not only urging its employees to take a stand against texting
while driving, it is also asking the Congress to pass legislation to
address this matter. Recently Sprint endorsed passage of S. 1938,
Distracted Driving Prevention Act of 2009, which was introduced by Sen.
Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.
"Sprint supports legislation authored by Chairman Rockefeller and
Senator Lautenberg to provide incentives to states to ban texting while
driving,” said Vonya B. McCann, senior vice president of Government
Affairs for Sprint. “The senators' emphasis on improved driver education
and additional funding for data collection and research is the best
approach to address this issue. Distracted driving is dangerous; as
research shows, texting while driving is extremely dangerous. We look
forward to working with the senators and other lawmakers interested in
taking this step."
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communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end
of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a
national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data
services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities;
and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused
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John Taylor, 571-437-4685