UNL outlines new distracted driver policy

UNL outlines new distracted driver policy

A new University of Nebraska–Lincoln policy prohibits drivers of university vehicles from using a variety of items — including electronic communication devices — that can create distractions while behind the wheel.

The policy, available here, is designed to improve on the job and highway safety. Prohibited activities while driving a university vehicle while on university business include: creating, sending or reviewing text messages or email; accessing the Internet for any purpose; electronic gaming; and reading any printed material on an electronic device or in paper form. Driver must find a safe location to pull over and stop before attempting any of these actions.

In accordance with Nebraska law, the policy does not apply to: a person performing official duties as a law enforcement office, firefighter, ambulance driver or emergency medical technician; or, a person operating a motor vehicle in an emergency medical situation.

Failure to comply with this policy will result in an immediate removal of the driver’s authorization to drive a university vehicle for a minimum of 12 months. Other disciplinary actions, up to and including termination of employment, may also be enforced.

To have driving authorization reinstated for violating this policy, the faculty/staff/student must have an acceptable driving record and, at the driver's expense, complete the National Traffic Safety Institute's Distracted Driver Online Course.

For more information on UNL transportation policies, including details on becoming an authorized driver, click here.