Florida Dept. of Transportation will stop employees of public transit system from driving while distracted

March 28, 2012

U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration is working with the Florida Department of Transportation to stop employees of public transit systems from driving while distracted.

The Federal Transit Administration said this week that it is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation in an effort to reduce distracted driving among employees of public transit systems.

The FTA and the FDOT said they were releasing an 30-minute instructional course for transit employees that it hopes will remind public transportation drivers of the dangers of distracted driving.

I strongly encourage you to make this course a part of your ongoing distracted driving program or fold it into your existing employee safety and training curriculum, FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff wrote in a Dear Colleague letter.

It’s an excellent tool to educate, inform, and increase awareness among all transit workers about the dangers and challenges associated with distracted driving, he continued.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has made distracted driving a signature issue of his tenure in the Obama administration. LaHood often notes that the number of states that have distracted driving laws in place has increased from about eight when he first took office in 2009 to more than 30 now.

Rogoff said the public transportation industry needs to continue building a culture of safety where unsafe acts are not permitted by management or by peers.

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