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Overdrive Staff | June 02, 2011

The survey polled 500 business managers in North America and was designed to gauge corporate attitudes and best practices pertaining to distracted driving.

The survey shows 62 percent of companies have written policies prohibiting employees from using a mobile phone while driving on the job. The survey also reveals that while many companies have written cell phone driving policies, only 53 percent try to enforce compliance.

Among companies that do enforce compliance, the survey found 61 percent rely on post-incident disciplinary measures, and only 2 percent use technology to proactively measure and manage employee compliance.

“The fact that so many companies are telling employees to put the phone down while driving is encouraging from a policy perspective; however, from a practical perspective, it’s simply not enough to change behavior,” said Matt Howard, CEO of ZoomSafer, which creates software to prevent distracted driving. “To truly change behavior and fully protect themselves from liability, companies must actively measure and enforce employee compliance.”

— Staff reports



Truck insurance broker charged

A California insurance broker was scheduled for arraignment June 1 in San Bernardino County Superior Court on charges of swindling truckers.

Paul Daniel Conejos, 29, did business as TATEMAS Truck Insurance Services and Royal Insurance Group Services Inc. in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

He allegedly collected premium payments from long-distance trucking companies, did not remit payments to insurance companies, but issued fraudulent insurance certificates, according to the California Insurance Commission.

Conejos pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of grand theft, three felony counts of forgery, two felony counts of theft by false pretense and three misdemeanor theft counts, according to court records. Client losses are about $38,000 for what is referred to as premium diversion from April 2008 to March 2010.

The commission is considering disciplinary action against Cornejo’s license to sell insurance, it said.

Truckers who suspect fraud should report it to the insurance commission for the state where the agent or broker is licensed, said Frank Scafidi of the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

— Jill Dunn



DOT awards grants for truck parking

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $4.5 million to Michigan’s I-94 Truck Parking and Information Management System and more than $2 million to Minnesota’s Comprehensive System for Assessing Truck Parking Availability.

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