Ann Arbor News Should Lead by Example

RE: ANN ARBOR NEWS EDITORIAL
Sunday, August 3, 2003
Legislature should act on drivers’ phone use
Another study links crashes to motorists who won’t hang up

Dear Ann Arbor News:

Regarding the Ann Arbor News recent editorial calling on the legislature to impose regulations on motorists using cell phones while driving, perhaps the News should look at their own policies on cell phone use by Ann Arbor News employees and contractors before advocating new laws banning cell phone use.

In your editorial, you say “For Michigan lawmakers to do nothing … seems dangerous to us.” If that is the case, then the use of cell phones by Ann Arbor News employees while driving is putting the employee and the community at risk. If the legislature should implement a ban on cell phone use, should not cell phone use by Ann Arbor News employees while driving be stopped immediately?

The Ann Arbor News should implement a ban on the use of a cell phone use by all Ann Arbor News managers, employees, reporters, and contract carriers while driving a personal or company vehicle during work.

The Ann Arbor News could implement this new policy next week without having to wait for Michigan legislator’s to pass a new law. It seems to me that if someone is calling on the community to change behavior, the best way to do that is to lead by example and implement your own company wide ban on cell phone use by employees while driving.

Then the Ann Arbor News will better understand the issues and impacts of banning cell phone use while driving when calling on the legislature for new laws banning cell phone use.

– Steve

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