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The Great Southwest Council recognizes that its volunteers are a valuable asset and very important to our continued growth and success.  The Council is firmly committed to the safety of its volunteers, employees, and youth members.

To further this commitment, the Great Southwest Council has developed this Mobile Device Use Policy, effective October 23, 2008.


Driver inattention is a factor in a majority of motor vehicle accidents.  The council is not only concerned about the welfare of every employee, but also the welfare of others who could be put in harm’s way by inattentive driving.  Researchers have found the risk of having a traffic accident while using a cell phone or similar device to be the same as driving drunk. Mobile phone and other hand-held device use while driving is a common, often harmful, distraction and is illegal in some jurisdictions. 


When a driver is driving on Great Southwest Council business, or driving while conducting business on behalf of the Council in any other manner, the following applies to the driver:

Definition – Mobile Device: an electronic, wireless communications device, including without limitation cell phones, pagers, palm pilots, blackberries and any other similar communication devices.

Effective October 23 2008, using a Mobile Device to write, send, or read a text-based communication, which includes e-mails, or a handheld Mobile Device to place or receive a call is prohibited while driving on behalf of Scouting.

Mobile Device Use:

Drivers should:

  • Allow voicemail to handle calls and return them when safe to do so.
  • Pull off the road to a safe location and stop the vehicle before using a Mobile Device.
  • Ask a passenger to make or take calls.
  • Inform regular callers of the best time to call based upon the driving schedule.
  • Never text, read or email messages while in motion.


The only exception to this policy is for 911 calls where it would be dangerous or is not possible to pull off the road to a safe location before making or receiving a call.  In this case, a driver must:

  • Keep the call short and use hands-free options, if available.
  • When receiving an emergency call, ask the caller to hold briefly until the driver can safely pull the driver’s vehicle off the road.