Except for novice drivers, there is no prohibition on cell phone use while driving in Virginia. However, all Virginia drivers are prohibited from texting. Due to research that indicates that any cell phone use while driving is dangerous, and may even approach the equivalent danger of driving while drunk according to some studies, The Arc prohibits employee use of personal or company supplied cellular phones while driving an agency vehicle with or without passengers on board.  This includes hands-on or hands-free use of cell phones.

This prohibition of cell phone use while driving includes receiving or placing calls, text messaging, surfing the Internet, receiving or responding to email, checking for phone messages, or any other purpose related to your employment; the business; our customers; our vendors; volunteer activities, meetings, or civic responsibilities performed for or attended in the name of the agency; or any other agency related activities not named here while driving. Drivers may not use cellular phones to receive or place calls, text messages, surf the Internet, check phone messages, or receive or respond to email while driving if they are in any way doing activities that are related to their employment.

We recognize that other distractions occur during driving; however, curbing the use of cell phones while driving is one way to minimize the risk of accidents. Therefore, drivers are required to stop their vehicle in a safe location so that they can safely use a cell phone or similar device.

Engaging in agency business using a cell phone or similar device while driving is prohibited. Engaging in agency business using a cell phone or similar device that is supplied by The Arc, or while driving an agency-supplied vehicle is prohibited.

Employees who violate this policy shall be subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including termination of employment.

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