American Contractors Insurance Group Doing Its Part to Stop Distracted Driving


American Contractors Insurance Group
An Insurance Facility for Construction Contractors
12222 Merit Drive
Suite 1660
Dallas, TX 75251
(972) 702-9004 p
(972) 687-0601 f
Michael O'Neill, President & CEO
Phone: (972) 687-9431
July 1, 2012
American Contractors Insurance Group
Doing Its Part to Stop Distracted Driving
New Policy Banning Texting and Use of Cell Phones by Employees
While Driving Will Help Keep Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Safe

Dallas, Texas - American Contractors Insurance Group (ACIG) today announced its commitment to the safety of its employees and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by enacting a new policy to help fight the epidemic of distracted driving.  Effective July 1, 2012, company employees may not text, talk or check e-mail on a company-issued cell phone while in a personal or rented vehicle.  The policy will apply even if the cell phone is hands-free and/or Bluetooth enabled.
"Employee safety is the number one value of ACIG," said Michael O'Neill, President and CEO.  "By creating this new policy, we hope to not only keep our employees safe, but to do our part as responsible members of the community.  We hope everyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex will join us in making our community safer by putting their phones down and focusing on the road."
Distracted driving is an epidemic on America's roadways.  In 2010, 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.  Texting and cell phone use behind the wheel takes your eyes off the raod, your hands off the wheel, and your focus off driving - putting the driver and others in danger.
"As anyone who has lost a loved one in a crash can tell you, even one traffic fatality is one too many.  We are committed to eliminating this unnecessary risk and strongly believe that no conversation or text is worth the potential danger," added Mr. O'Neill.
About ACIG  
ACIG is a construction industry owned insurance facility based in Dallas, TX.  ACIG provides workers compensation, general liability, automobile liability and subcontractor default insurance through ACIG Insurance Company and American Contractors Insurance Company Risk Retention Group.  ACIG’s mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce the overall cost of risk and insurance for its members.  For questions or more information contact Ashleigh Holmes at 972-687-9480.