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ASSE Supports NTSB’s Call for Ban on Use of Portable Electronic Devices While Driving

Posted in on Fri, Dec 16, 2011

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS SUPPORT NTSB’S CALL FOR BAN ON USE OF PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES WHILE DRIVING

DES PLAINES, IL (December 16, 2011) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) supports the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) call for a nationwide ban on driver use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) while operating a motor vehicle.

“Too often overlooked is the fact that that the number one cause of on-the-job deaths of U.S. workers are incidents on our roadways. If NTSB’s call for a ban can help achieve significant reductions in distracted driving through reductions in the use of cell phones and other electronic communication devices on our roadways, then more American workers will be able to return home safely to their families each day,” ASSE President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, said today. “Consistent with ASSE’s policy on electronic devices in motor vehicles and safe driving practices ASSE and its 34,000 occupational safety, health, and environmental professionals look forward to doing all that we can to help make sure a nationwide ban becomes a reality. The ban is just one of the tools in the campaign to reduce distracted driving.”

Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest safety society. Please go to http://www.asse.org/professionalaffairs_new/positions/ddmv.php for ASSE’s policy on safe driving practices.

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Contact:  Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, dhurns@asse.org



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