Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announces partnership with US Department of Transportation to combat distracted driving by workers

PR Newswire — September 21, 2010

OSHA launching initiative to discourage texting while driving on the job


WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Because motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of worker fatalities, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation to combat distracted driving.

“It is imperative that employers eliminate financial and other incentives that encourage workers to text while driving,” said Secretary Solis. “It is well recognized that texting while driving dramatically increases the risk of a motor vehicle injury or fatality.”

Prohibiting texting while driving is the subject of an executive order signed by President Barack Obama last year for federal employees and the subject of rulemaking by the Department of Transportation.

OSHA is launching a multi-pronged initiative that includes:

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