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08/06/2018 10:22 AM

New North Dakota State Fleet Policy to Deter Distracted Driving - No Cell Phone Use While Driving

Statewide – On July 1, 2018, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) implemented a new State Fleet policy prohibiting all cell phone use while driving a state fleet vehicle by North Dakota state employees. The NDDOT manages the North Dakota State Fleet and initiated the policy as part of the Vision Zero strategy. 


Distracted driving can have deadly consequences. It results in about nine deaths and more than 1,000 injuries on U.S. roadways daily, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


“Safety on our roadways is a top priority for North Dakota” says Tom Sorel, NDDOT Director. “Every driver and vehicle occupant in North Dakota can help meet the Vision Zero goal by taking responsibility when traveling on the road and this demonstrates our commitment to Vision Zero.”


At the beginning of the year, Governor Burgum, the NDDOT, the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the North Dakota Department of Health launched Vision Zero. Vision Zero advances evidence-based strategies proven to reduce motor vehicle crashes through widespread public education/outreach, laws and policies that support driver and passenger safety, high visibility enforcement of existing laws, technology advancements, and infrastructure/road safety improvements.