How Push to Talk Over Cellular (PoC) Reduces Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is deadly. In fact, 3,477 people died in crashes related to distracted driving in 2015 alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that same year saw nearly 400,000 injuries resulting from accidents in which distracted driving was a factor.

Edgar Snyder and Associates reports that texting while driving poses a six times greater risk of an accident than driving while intoxicated. The bottom line is this, taking your eyes off the road is dangerous.

How Does PTT Help Reduce Distracted Driving?

Push to talk over cellular technology, or PoC, offers businesses an opportunity to reduce driver distractions while still enabling essential communication with drivers in the field. It is able to do this by offering one-touch communications solutions that comply with DOT regulations.

In order for commercial motor vehicles to comply with DOT regulations, communications must be initiated, terminated, or answered with the push of a single button.

The ease with which communication initiates with PTT devices makes them excellent choices for reducing distracted driving within your organization.

Another way PoC assists in reducing distracted driving is that dispatch can monitor the locations and progress of drivers without requiring them to send constant location updates, which requires them to look for landmarks or road signs rather than paying attention to what’s on the road ahead.

What Businesses Benefit from Using POC to Reduce Distracted Drivers?

Essentially, any business with workers in the field can benefit from this technology. Field services companies and organizations, in particular, can benefit from the use of PoC to inform workers about emergency weather alerts, coming storms, or unanticipated route changes required to navigate around downed trees, accidents, etc. without forcing them to take their hands off their steering wheels or eyes off the road to receive this vital information.

Ambulance drivers, too, are often driving in unfriendly road conditions. They need their eyes and attention on the road. PoC allows them to send and receive critical information from hospitals and dispatchers without facing the distractions placing calls, retrieving voice mail messages, etc. would require.

Ultimately, distracted driving poses not only a safety risk for your organization, but also a very real risk of litigation and financial damages. Because PoC is DOT compliant and reduces risks for distracted driving it also minimizes legal exposure and financial risk for your entire organization.

Peak PTT is here to answer any questions you have about PoC and help you find the right tools and equipment to serve your organization-wide communication needs best. Contact us today: 1-855-600-6161 or via email at

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