Cell phones have become an vital part of our society. We use them not only for making and receiving calls, but for texting, and even surfing the web, making reservations, as ticketing system for the airport.
While their convenience and utility have continued to grow, so has the amount of distraction, especially to drivers. Massachusetts has a distracted driver law that was recently enacted that forbids texting while driving, and drivers under the age of 18 may not operate a vehicle while using ANY electronic device. The use of electronic devices has been named as a factor in many motor vehicle accidents. Please review these suggestions to help reduce your risk.
Please note that the colleges do not allow our community members to operate motor vehicles while using electronic devices. Drivers MUST pull over at a safe location in order to make or receive calls. For more, please visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/riskmgmt/facstaff/cellphones.
- Please make sure your cellular telephone is positioned where it is easy to see and easy to reach.
- Be familiar with the operation of the telephone, so that you are comfortable using it on the road.
- It is best to dial the telephone when the vehicle is not moving.
- Use a hands-free microphone while driving.
- Use the speed dial feature to program frequently called numbers. This way you can dial the telephone by pressing only one button.
- Texting while driving is very dangerous - and is illegal. If you must read or respond to a text, pull over to a safe location to continue your conversation.
- If available use your telephone's voice activated dialing feature to place a call so you don't have to take your eyes off of the road to dial.
- Let your network's voice mail take the call if it's inconvenient or unsafe to answer the telephone while driving. Do not check your messages until you are able to safely stop the vehicle.