• Delaware Employers, Are You Ready for the Cell-Phone Ban?
  • August 17, 2010 | Author: Margaret M. DiBianca
  • Law Firm: Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP - Wilmington Office
  • Delaware’s law banning calling and texting while driving takes effect in January. Eric Ruth, of the Wilmington News Journal, details what Delaware's new no-cell-phone law does and does not require and, with a few suggestions from Adria B. Martinelli, offers ways that employers can begin to prepare.

    Adria also offers some tips for employers who will need to update their policies:

    • Ban all cell phone use while driving company-owned vehicles -- even hands-free devices can distract drivers.
    • Specifically ban texting and e-mailing while driving. If text messaging must be used, incorporate a strict policy requiring drivers to first find a safe area to park the vehicle.
    • Make an exception for emergencies that require police or medical attention.
    • Also require all occupants of company-owned vehicles or private vehicles driven on company business to wear seat belts.
    • Monitor and enforce the policy.