April 15, 2013 | Volume 11, Number 8
DOT Releases New Data on Distracted Driving
Senators Call for Paid Sick Days
Transportation Employees Rank Low in Wellness Index
Protecting America's Workers Act Reintroduced
in Senate
Distracted Driving Pop Quiz
DOT Releases New Data on
Distracted Driving

Mobile phone use still prevalent
Around 660,000 drivers are using their mobile phones or other gadgets "at any given daylight moment across America," according to new data from the Department of Transportation.

The 2012 National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes survey also reveals that:
  • Nearly 50 percent of respondents take an incoming call while driving
  • One-fourth are willing to place a call on all, most, or some trips.
The survey indicates that 74 percent of respondents agree with banning hand-held cell phone use and 94 percent support a prohibition on texting while driving. Respondents also said that fines for such offenses should be no less than $200.

For more information, read the press release.

View the National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors results.
Senators Call for Paid Sick Days
Re-introduction of Healthy Families Act
Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) re-introduced the Healthy Families Act, a bill that would grant paid sick leaves, and would allow employees to take care of a sick family member, get preventive care, or manage issues of domestic violence.

According to a press release from the Senate's official website:
  • As many as 40 percent of private-sector employees do not have paid sick days
  • Seventy percent of low-wage workers in the food, hospitality, home nursing, and child care industries have no paid sick days.
  • Working while sick costs $160 billion a year because of lower productivity and raises the risk of spreading an illness.
  • A lack of paid sick days helped add 5 million more cases of flu-like illness during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009.
Under the Healthy Families Act, employees could earn up to 56 hours or 7 days paid sick leave, with workers earning an hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.

The bill, says, Senator Harkin, will help employees tend to their families and themselves without worrying about income or job loss.

According to a University of Chicago survey, one in eight workers said they were "fired, suspended, written up or penalized" just because they took time off to recover from an illness or take care of a sick family member.

For more information, read the Senate press release.
Transportation Employees Rank Low in Wellness Index
Gallup releases new survey
Employees in the transportation, manufacturing, and production industries scored the lowest in a wellness survey, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. It covers 55 individual metrics that indicate physical, emotional, and fiscal well-being.

The information was taken from interviews conducted between January 2012 and December 2012 of American workers at least 18 years of age. The index looks at levels and amount of exercise, produce consumption, smoking habits, and relationships to supervisor.
  • Transportation employees only scored 63.3 on the Index; workers in manufacturing or production, 64.3; and installation and repair, 64.8.
  • Physicians topped the index with a score of 78, followed by K-12 teachers at 73.5 and business owners at 73.4.
  • Farmers, foresters or fishing employees exercised the most with 65.5 percent of respondents getting at least 30 minutes for at least three days in the last week, compared to only 49.3 percent of clerical/office employees.
  • Transportation workers ranked highest for obesity at 37.1 percent and construction employees smoked the most at 32.4 percent.
For more information, read the press release.
Protecting America's Workers Act Reintroduced in Senate
Latest attempt to pass the bill
The Protecting America's Workers Act (S. 665) was reintroduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in the Senate late last month. PAWA has been proposed every year since 2005, but has never passed both the Lower and Upper Houses of Congress.

Senator Murray sees the continued need for PAWA, which would revise the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the major law that governs the safety of workers in the United States.

If approved, PAWA would expand the scope of the law to cover state, county, municipal, and U.S. government employees; broaden protections for whistleblowers; and enhance OSHA reporting, inspection, and enforcement, among others.

PAWA was originally sponsored by the now-late Senator Ted Kennedy and other senators. Read more information on the bill.
Distracted Driving Pop Quiz
Share with employees
Distracted driving causes thousands of accidents on U.S. roadways every day! And the number of distractions facing today's drivers just keeps growing – cell phones, MP3 players, GPS systems, food and drink, and more.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Share this pop quiz with your employees to refresh their safe driving know-how.
  1. How many observations does a driver make in 2 miles?
    1. 1,000
    2. 30
    3. 75
    4. 400
  2. When talking on a cell phone while driving, which is safer to use − a hand-held or hands-free device?
    1. A hand-held phone
    2. A hands-free device
    3. They are equally unsafe
    4. They are equally safe
  3. Talking on a cell phone affects a driver's reaction time as much as drinking 2 shots of liquor.
    1. True
    2. False
  4. What percentage of crashes has the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) attributed to driver inattention?
    1. 25-30%
    2. 40-45%
    3. 10-15%
    4. 35-40%
  5. How many feet per second does a car travel when being driven at 60 mph?
    1. 15
    2. 88
    3. 36
    4. 100
Check your answers.

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