FleetWatch Systems and LifeSaver announced a new initiative to combat distracted driving among commercial drivers who, with disproportionately long hours on the road and high mileages, are at particular risk of involvement in serious accidents. 2017 saw a significant 7.2 percent increase in U.S. traffic accidents, bringing the number of resulting deaths to more than 35,000. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration experts estimate that one in 10 traffic fatalities are caused by distracted driving. FleetWatch Systems and LifeSaver, leaders in fleet road safety, are tackling the issue of distracted driving head-on with the launch of Cell Restrict, which allows fleet managers to monitor cell phone use and ensure that their companies’ driving safety policies are being properly followed.

“Making or receiving cell phone calls can take any driver’s attention off the road with sometimes tragic results,” said FleetWatch principal Darryl Tolentino. “No less than 38 percent of calls made to our 1-800 HowsMyDriving.com call center are reporting commercial drivers who are distracted by their phones, so we know this is a real problem.”

Building on LifeSaver’s proven success in changing driver behavior, Cell Restrict extends LifeSaver’s distracted driving solution to FleetWatch’s extensive customer base, ensuring a significant positive impact on overall road safety.

Tolentino continued, “Last year’s terrifying collision statistics serve as an overdue wake-up call and our corporate and fleet customers have been desperately looking for enhanced safety measures. Cell Restrict now offers them an efficient yet cost-effective means of monitoring their drivers’ safety and cutting the risk of distracted driving accidents.”

LifeSaver co-founder Ted Chen also expects to see positive results from Cell Restrict’s launch. “Given FleetWatch’s leadership in fleet safety and risk management for almost 30 years, our partnership provides a great opportunity to solve the distracted driving problem for a significant number of commercial drivers throughout North America.”

More information about Cell Restrict is available at www.cellrestrict.com or 1-800-515-9902.