Caregivers may not use a hand-held cell phone while operating a motor vehicle – whether the vehicle is in motion or stopped at a traffic light or stop sign. This includes, but is not limited to, answering or making phone calls, engaging in phone conversations, and reading or responding to emails, instant messages and text messages.
If caregivers need to use their phones or other electronic devices, they must pull over safely to the side of the road or another safe location.
Additionally, caregivers are required to:
- Turn cell phones off or put them on silent or vibrate before starting to operate the vehicle.
- Consider modifying voice mail greetings to indicate that you are unavailable to answer calls or return messages while driving.
- Inform clients, your family and friends of this policy as an explanation of why calls may not be returned immediately.
- Avoid other distracting driving bad habits, such as eating, putting on makeup, changing the radio station or music, and reaching for items in the back seat of the vehicle.
Caregivers who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
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