COMMENTARY - Individuals are restricted from using cellular device while driving GOV

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It’s not uncommon to see a driver operating a vehicle and using a cell phone at the same time.

This distraction is dangerous due to the potential for causing accidents, whereas it takes the person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.

While driving a government-owned vehicle, individuals are restricted from the use of a cellular device.

Additionally, drivers are restricted from using any device, with the exception of a hand-free device, when operating their personally-owned vehicle.

Unless you have money to throw away, there are consequences for negative behavior.

In addition to using a cell phone when operating a vehicle, there are other distractions that can be even more costly.

Activities such as texting while driving can also increase the risk of an accident. According to the National Safety Council, texting while driving causes 1.6 million accidents per year.

The average motor vehicle operator takes their eyes off the road for five seconds in order to read a text. Is it really necessary?

When traveling 25 mph, a vehicle covers 36.7 feet per second. In the five seconds it takes to read a text, the vehicle has traversed 183.5 feet. That’s 61.17 yards or, put in layman’s terms, more than half of a football field.

Our mission is too critical and your life is too valuable to take such risks.

Every employee has a job to do to ensure we continue to equip the warfighters with the combat vehicles that they need.

Whether you are driving your own vehicle or a government-owned vehicle, please obey the rules and arrive safely at your destination.