Government opens new front in effort against distracted driving

Nov 19, 2010

Behind the wheel is no place for sending messages.

The federal government is leaving no stone unturned in its effort to crack down on distracted driving as officials prepare to host their second national summit on the problem later this fall.

Distracted driving accidents kill more than 5,000 people each year, while injuring thousands of others and causing substantial property damage in the process.

At least some of these distracted driving accidents are thought to be caused by people who are sending texts and using their cell phones as part of their jobs. And that is why the U.S. departments of Transportation and Labor are working together to urge employers to specifically prohibit their workers from engaging in distracted driving behaviors.

"We call upon all employers to prohibit any work policy or practice that requires or encourages workers to text while driving," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "The Occupational Safety and Health Act is clear; employers must provide a workplace free of recognized hazards."

From a life insurance perspective, distracted driving accidents kill and injure people from all walks of life and who are often following the rules of the road themselves. With that in mind, it makes sense to have financial protection against sudden tragedy.

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