Vodafone supports legislation banning TXT and hand-held mobile use while driving
Vodafone New Zealand has joined the voices calling for legislation to ban TXT messaging and talking on hand-held mobiles while driving.
“As a responsible business, Vodafone New Zealand supports legislation to promote safe driving,” says Russell Stanners, Vodafone chief executive.
Vodafone’s own internal policy for staff forbids the use of hand-held mobile phones or sending or reading TXT messages or emailing while driving.
“In line with our strict internal policy, we support legislation that will encourage safe driving behaviours on New Zealand roads,” says Stanners.
“We urge all drivers to reduce the amount of distraction in the car, which means putting their mobiles aside so they can concentrate on driving,” he says.
To promote its safer driving message, Vodafone has updated its guidelines for safe mobile use which also covers pedestrian safety tips as well.
Mobiles and driving – Vodafone’s recommendations:
• Don’t do it. Turn your mobile off if possible
• Never send or read a text or picture message, or email while driving
• If you must make or receive a call or send a TXT, pull over to the side of the road if safe
• A hands-free kit can be used for voice calls, but keep any calls short
• Make use of voicemail and return calls when you’ve finished driving