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.