FirstGroup America Supports Distracted Driving Awareness Month

        FirstGroup America Supports Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Company led the industry with an organization-wide policy banning use of
mobile devices while driving.

PR Newswire

CINCINNATI, April 11, 2013

CINCINNATI, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --FirstGroup America (FGA), North
America's leading transportation company, joins with the National Safety
Council (NSC) to recognize April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and
encourages all motorists to take the NSC pledge to drive cell free at
www.nsc.org/pledge.

This year's theme – What were you thinking? – focuses on educating the public
on the distraction to the brain from a cell phone conversation while driving,
whether hand-held or hands-free. The NSC estimates that nearly 25 percent of
all automobile crashes each year are caused by drivers distracted by cell
phones. This is greater than the number of accidents caused by any other
distraction.

FGA led the industry in 2008 when it issued a company-wide policy prohibiting
all employees or contractors on company business from using a mobile device,
either hand-held or hands-free, while driving. Employees across all divisions
of the company are instructed to pull over at a safe location and turn off
their engine before making a call or sending a text message. FGA encourages
employees to observe the policy while on personal time and to promote the
practice with their family and friends. To help employers implement or
strengthen their cell phone policies, the NSC offers a free Cell Phone Policy
Kit on its website, www.distracteddriving.nsc.org. Additional resources -
including a distracted driving infographic, fact sheets and videos - are found
on the site as well.

"The safety of our passengers, employees and other road users is our foremost
concern, and we fully support the NSC's initiatives – including the
organization's important cell-free pledge," said Gary Catapano, senior vice
president of Safety, First Student. "It is our hope that government officials,
executives and citizens across North America join us in adopting these safe
driving practices."

About FirstGroup America
FirstGroup America - headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio - is North America's
largest transportation company. With more than 87,500 employees, the company
operates First Student, the largest provider of student transportation in the
U.S. and Canada; First Transit, a leading provider of transit management and
contracting services; First Services, a leading provider of contract fleet
maintenance and management services, and Greyhound bus lines, the largest
provider of intercity bus transportation. Parent corporation FirstGroup plc,
is traded on the London Stock Exchange and serves more than 2.5 billion
passengers each year. For more information, visit www.firstgroupamerica.com or
follow the company on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FirstGrpAmerica.

SOURCE FirstGroup America

Website: http://www.firstgroupamerica.com
Website: http://www.nsc.org
Contact: Maureen Richmond, 513-362-4600
 
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