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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 12:42:10 PM

Did you know your employer, or perhaps, your prospective employer is becoming increasingly interested in the way you drive?

There’s a good reason for this. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), if you talk on your cell phone when you drive, you could cost them a bundle. If you’re involved in a crash while conducting company business over the phone… you’re not the only one who’s liable for damages. Your employer is too.

In Arkansas, a lumber wholesaler paid $16.2 million to a woman who was severely disabled in a car accident involving one of its employees who was talking on his cell phone at the time of the accident.

In Florida, a jury ordered a company to pay almost $21...

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clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2011 1:56:57 PM

none of their business
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MrBSU87
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2011 7:38:07 PM

Good point.
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Eric2448
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2011 11:40:29 PM

okay
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2011 11:05:49 PM

Of course they care, and when you drive safely sometimes your employer will give you certain perks.
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wwardyota
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2011 12:13:30 AM

hear, hear!

if not common safety and common sense, empty pockets should be a good reinforcer for lack of good judgement...
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rx7racerca
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2011 12:02:59 AM

Company vehicles are some of the worst offenders I see for distracted driving, day in, day out, mostly while talking on cells. I'm guessing a lot of trades and service businesses use them to keep in touch with staff out on the road - but it's a poor advertisement for a business to see poorly driven vans and trucks wandering around and varying speed widely as their drivers are fully engaged in talking on their phones.
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OGW
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:56:08 PM

That's why we ban cell phones in vehicles.
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jimbo1867
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:55:18 PM

good stuff .. hit em where they hurt
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TableTalk
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:49:32 PM

All the more reason to not talk and drive at the same time. and other distractions like talking, smoking, listening to the radio...

[Edited by: TableTalk at 8/30/2011 11:51:27 PM EST]
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MarAzul
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:48:33 PM

Focus on the road.
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30mpg80
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:48:21 PM

Employers are quickly writing procedures against these dangerous actions and training employees ASAP to deflect possible liability(Cover Your A$$ at all costs)
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CatMan623
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:45:39 PM

Sorry to be so blunt, but hang up, shut up, turn off the electronics, stop swatting the kids, stop shaving or putting on make-up and PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD.
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Rt118E
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:45:11 PM

Accident cost everyone a lot of money.
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CVA19
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:44:29 PM

I'm totally against the lawyers going after any and all deep pockets that they can find. Having said this, employers need to be mindful that they could become a target, and be proactive about electronic-device use by employees while driving, especially when driving a company vehicle or conducting company business from a POV.

Oregon has a law in place banning use of cellphones (other than hands-free) while driving. I don't agree with the cellphone-specific law, because I believe the laws in place forbidding "distracted driving" already apply. (Politicians can't help themselves, they can't admit that fewer laws are better than more laws.)

Yet, even with this additional law, I have to deal with cellphone distracted drivers several times a day.

A bit of poetic justice. Several months ago, an Oregon State Trooper driving an unmarked car was hit from behind while driving on the interstate at 55 mph (speed limit through Portland); which nocked the officer's car into the grass median. The driver (without thinking, I'm sure), apologized profusely; stating that he was distracted by his cellphone!
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Buffalo Joe
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:44:10 PM

The fines are to small for driving while texting etc.
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carefrey
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:41:22 PM

It is extremely un- professional and dangerous to everyone else around them.
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:35:19 PM

Interesting. Since my job does not involve travel, I haven't thought about it much. Of course, I'm not in the habit of talking while I am driving.
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CatskillHiker
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:35:18 PM

Agreed drobbbb, Big brother(s) are always watching.

And don't even ask about Google. Food for thought the next time you do a web search. :-)
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CPGas1815
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:35:09 PM

Those who talk while driving are not only endangering themselves they are endangering those whom these idiots share the road.
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kame2c
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:33:35 PM

I agree with, northeast.
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kame2c
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:32:02 PM

Makes sense to me...
Though in all these lawsuits we all pay the settlement.
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Holly123
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:30:44 PM

My employer only cares that I get my derrier there on time!
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us4usa
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:29:02 PM

And the buck gets passed down... What next jammers in all cars???
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Bud122CA
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:28:30 PM

if they are payingyou to drive, they have the right to knowhow you drive.
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SovietSunrise
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:27:30 PM

Wow, this is very, very interesting. Never really considered it actually. Thought it would fall under personal liability rather than the company's or employer's liability.
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northeast2
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:23:52 PM

We are slaves to all sorts of electronic devices.
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Agabel
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:21:48 PM

not a good thing
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livable1
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:21:19 PM

huh?
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abcdMA
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:19:03 PM

how does this affect gas prices?
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zeddieiv
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:17:55 PM

Good advice. Hang up and drive, sanely!!
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:11:26 PM

Although we have a law in BC, Canada against talking or texting while driving, there's plenty of nuts out there that still do, including some transit drivers! A $365 fine for those caught... so let me see, how did they come up with that figure? Maybe a dollar a day for a year? Not stiff enough to stop some drivers!
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drobbbb
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:10:42 PM

big brother watching
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Prodaddy
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:09:55 PM

Cell phone usage needs to be banned totally, while driving period
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DEG
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:08:25 PM

When you are on the company dime, you need to adhere to the company policies (including cell phone usage).
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Patch44
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:06:50 PM

Drive now, talk later.
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:05:44 PM

ok
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serrog
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:05:29 PM

Makes sense
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:04:43 PM

makes a lot sense to me...maybe about time!
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:02:35 PM

@mmene, how do you know that the company didn't encourage the employee to be on the phone? Employers want more and more time from employees. My last employer made it mandatory to take company laptops home at night so that business could be conducted at all hours. Is it unreasonable to think that they would want employees to be "working" during drive time, also? I know that my boss has called me while I was driving home from work.

[Edited by: JTRaceFan at 8/30/2011 11:05:02 PM EST]
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g747
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:02:10 PM

That's a more than fair Judgement Call!!!!.
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regasaz
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 10:59:06 PM

Liability, Liability, Liability
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mmene
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 10:57:16 PM

Seems a little insane for a company to be punished for an employees irresponsibility. It is not like the company encouraged this person to be on the phone.
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ObieDog
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 10:45:09 PM

I had employees almost 10 years ago sign a contract that they would not use or even answer the company phones while driving.
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jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 10:37:18 PM

This would just be a start.
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altima2008
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 10:16:30 PM

My employer needs to mind its own business especially when it comes to my personal life!
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alterman156
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 9:49:47 PM

Don't drive and talk on the cell phone at the same time.
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 9:49:01 PM

Not in my case.
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 9:38:38 PM

Don’t record gas prices while driving, Brandon wants you to be ‘at the gas station’ or the vehicle is stopped when recording.
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VF76SF
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 8:59:16 PM

Drivers of commercial vehicles are prohibited from using any type of hand held electronic device while operating a vehicle. This applies even if you are stopped at a light. You can talk on your cell phone only if using a Bluetooth earpiece or other handsfree system. If you cause an accident the other person sees your company as having deep pockets and will sue for millions.
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2011 8:49:58 PM

I was pulled aside for driving a forklift with a cup of coffee in my hand...
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