2019-2020 Employee Handbook

Distracted Driving

In the course of conducting business on behalf of College of Central Florida, employees are often required to operate moving vehicles. These vehicles include, but are not limited to, automobiles, motorized carts, golf carts, lifts, mowers, boats and landscaping equipment. Likewise, employees often utilize (for College or personal reasons) portable electronic devices which include, but are not limited to, cell phones, two-way radios, tablets and laptops. The operation of both a portable electronic device and a moving vehicle simultaneously greatly increases the risk of accidents and should be avoided in all cases except where an approved hands free adapter is in use, allowing use of the portable device without distraction of the vehicle operator.

During the course of business, when operating a company vehicle (or personal/rental vehicle for company purposes) or driving on company property, employees must pull over safely to the side of the road or another safe location in order to use cell phones or other portable electronic devices.

Employees will not engage in the following while driving:

1.  Operating a cellular phone, computer / laptop, text messaging device, two-way radio or any portable electronic device without the use of a hands-free adapter
2.  Prohibited actions include answering or making phone calls, engaging in phone conversations, accessing social media sites or internet searches, reading or responding to emails, instant messages, tweets and text messages, or any other activity that can occur on a portable electronic device that is not hands-free and diverts attention from driving.

The above guidelines do not apply to a motor vehicle operator who is performing official duties of an authorized emergency vehicle (law enforcement, fire service or emergency medical services), reporting an emergency or criminal/suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities, receiving messages related to safety (emergency, traffic, weather alerts or radio broadcasts) or using a device in a hands-free manner for communication or navigation purposes.

Violations will be considered a serious matter and may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Additionally, violations of Florida distracted driving laws can result in motor vehicle citations and fines.