Just Put It Down: Associated Risk Managers (ARM) Announces New Initiative

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The Associated Risk Managers (ARM) board of directors voted at its mid-October Board Meeting to lend its support of national efforts by organizations such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to discourage the practice of distracted driving and Just Put It Down.

“We encourage our members to make a commitment to stop engaging in other activities, especially using cell phone and other electronic devices, while driving.

The ARM board voted unanimously to take a proactive position of support and to initiate internal communications efforts to help reduce distracted driving incidents. ARM is encouraging its member agencies, customers and communities to "Put It Down" and focus on driving. “Stopping distracted driving is a major initiative that we are undertaking, and one that we believe will make our roads significantly safer,” says Craig Payan, ARM chairman. “We encourage our members to make a commitment to stop engaging in other activities, especially using cell phone and other electronic devices, while driving. This includes, but is not limited to, answering or making phone calls, engaging in phone conversations, reading or responding to e-mails and text messages.”

ARM is committed to supporting the efforts of the NHTSA to ensure our roads are safer for our agencies, our customers, and our communities. For that reason, we are asking member agencies to adopt their own initiative to curb dangerous electronic distractions while behind the wheel – using cell phones, MP3 players, iPads, or any other activity that takes your eyes or your mind from the road.

According to the NHTSA, accident fatalities linked to driver distraction increased from 10 percent in 2005 to 16 percent in 2009. As such accidents are on the rise, ARM reminds employers that distracted driving habits can be an expensive, litigious exposure. That’s why ARM is encouraging employers to adopt policies that prohibit phone use and other electronic distractions while on company time. “From an employer’s standpoint, there are reasons to adopt a policy beyond simply being proactive,” says Craig Payan, ARM chairman. “We have to tell our employees not to do it when they’re working on behalf of our companies. An employer might be held responsible for employees’ actions.”

To learn how your agency can adopt and promote a distraction-free drive for your employees and customers, visit the NHTSA website, http://www.distraction.gov
Associated Risk Managers International, Inc. (ARM) is the one of the nation's foremost independent agency networks, representing over 200 independent member organizations, 22 states, and $4 billion annually in premium volume. For more information on ARM, contact Scott Spangler, ARM Partners, Two Pierce Place, 20th Floor, Itasca, IL 60143-3141. Phone: 630-285-4324. http://www.armiweb.com Strong as Many. Powerful as One.

  • Statistics provided by The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.


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