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Tablets, Laptops and Other Mobile Devices Creating Major Distracted Driving Issue for Both Mobile Employees and Their Employers

Cellcontrol, the leading developer of distracted driving solutions, announced today that tablets, laptops and other mobile devices (i.e. Intermec, Motorola and others) are becoming a bigger distraction than cell phones for employees. According to internal company reports from Cellcontrol, over 50% of inquiries by fleet managers since the beginning of 2012 revealed that laptop and tablet use by their on-the-go employees was a bigger risk concern than cell phone use while driving. As a result, Cellcontrol business customers that are based in multiple markets such as professional services, energy, and transportation services, were some of the first brands in the world using the Cellcontrol anti-distracted driving technology to ensure their employees were not distracted by a cell phone or a company-owned laptop or tablet while driving.

According to the most recent National Highway Transportation Safety Administration report, issued this past October, 10% of all fatal accidents in 2010 were caused by distracted driving. Currently no data is available for the number of distracted driving accidents caused by the use of a non-mobile phone devices, but in 2012 corporations have quickly increased the need to find a technology solution that can enforce company policies regarding the use of mobile devices by employees who are operating a moving vehicle. Earlier this year a landmark court judgment regarding distracted driving and employer mobile device policies was made against Coca-Cola for a salesperson who had caused an accident while using a hands-free mobile device in a company owned vehicle.

“Mobile devices like tablets and laptops are one of the most overlooked products when it comes to distracted driving and more attention and enforcement should be considered by businesses that have mobile employees, regardless of whether or not they’re using a company owned vehicle,” said Kevin Coppolino, Vice President Corporate Development. “These types of mobile devices not only take a driver’s complete attention off the roadway, making them more of a distraction than a cell phone, but can also become a projectile in an accident, causing additional injuries if the devices are not properly secured.”

About Cellcontrol

Cellcontrol, based in Baton Rouge, La., is the most accurate, reliable and enforceable solution for driver safety management, inhibiting distracted driving caused by mobile devices and providing accurate, reliable information about vehicle performance and driving behavior. For more information, go to www.cellcontrol.com.

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