Employment: OSHA and DOT Announce Initiatives to Combat Distracted Driving


The Department of Labor recently announced a partnership between The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Department of Transportation to combat distracted driving on the job. Noting that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of worker fatalities, the DOL stated it is imperative that employers eliminate financial and other incentives that encourage workers to text while driving.

Accordingly, OSHA is calling upon all employers to prohibit any work policy or practice that requires or encourages workers to text while driving. As an enforcement mechanism, OSHA has stated they will issue citations and penalties to employers that require or encourage texting while driving. If you are facing an OSHA investigation, you should seek competent legal counsel. For more information on these initiatives, click here.

By Kenneth T. Short, kshort@dsda.com

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