The purpose of this policy is to protect the health and safety of GNB employees’ as well as that of the general public by prohibiting the use of hand-operated electronic devices while on duty and while operating:
- a government vehicle,
- a rental vehicle,
- a personal vehicle, or
- any other motor vehicle
Prohibiting the use of these devices will help minimize distractions that could prevent employees from operating a vehicle in a safe manner.
The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the Strategy to Reduce Impaired Driving (STRID) have developed the following definition of driver distraction: “Distracted driving is the diversion of attention from driving, as a result of the driver focusing on a non-driving object, activity, event, or person. This diversion reduces awareness, decision-making, or performance leading to increased risk of driver-error, near-crashes, or crashes.”
It is vital that all employees adhere to this policy to ensure their health and safety at work. It is illegal to use hand-operated electronic devices while driving in the Province of New Brunswick as well as many other jurisdictions in North America. It has been proven that these devices are a major cause of distraction while operating a motor vehicle.