New York, September 21, 2010 - JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) teamed up with the U.S. Department of Transportation today to encourage companies to implement anti-distracted driving policies. The Department of Transportation recognized JPMorgan Chase's anti-distracted driving policies at the second National Distracted Driving Summit today in Washington, D.C., led by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Employees at JPMorgan Chase are expected to refrain from using their cellular phones for calls or texting while driving on company business, according to the firm's antidistracted driving policies, which have been in place since 2009. Safety must come before all other concerns. Regardless of the traffic circumstances, employees are strongly encouraged to pull off to the side of the road and safely stop the vehicle before placing or accepting a call or sending a text message. If acceptance of a call is unavoidable and pulling over is not an option, employees should consider the use of hands-free options.
Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that in 2008, nearly 6,000 people died and more than half a million were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. More than 20 percent of all crashes that same year involved some type of distraction.
Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. This includes taking one's eyes off the road, taking one's hands off the wheel, and taking one's mind off driving. To learn more about the U.S. Department of Transportation's anti-distracted driving initiative, visit www.distraction.gov.
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