If you text and drive you might want to stay home from April 10th to the 15th because “law enforcement from states all over America will be out in force, pulling over people who are texting while driving, and writing tickets.”
According to the DOT website, a new campaign entitled “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” is being launched this week in order to send home the message that texting while driving will not be tolerated.
Read all about the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign on the DOT website.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Contact: Jeannie Layson
DOT Launches Free App Featuring Emergency Response Guidebook
Delivers Hazmat Safety Info into the Hands of Emergency Responders
WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Transportations Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today announced a free, mobile web app of its Emergency Response Guidebook 2012 (ERG). The new safety tool will provide the nations emergency responders with fast, easily accessible information to help them manage hazardous material incidents.
The mobile ERG will make it easier for firefighters, police and other emergency first responders to quickly locate the information they need, thanks to an electronic word search function, and will ensure easy reading even during nighttime emergencies. The 2012 version of the ERG includes new evacuation tables for large toxic gas spills and standard response procedures for gas and liquid pipeline incidents.
The first 30 minutes are the most crucial when it comes to responding to a hazmat situation, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The new app is both mobile and flexible, and gives first responders the knowledge they need to protect themselves and their communities in an emergency.
PHMSA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Library of Medicine (NLM) joined forces in producing the two free ERG mobile applications.
Links to download this software are available from the Apple iTunes website at ERG 2012 for iPhone and from the Google Play website at ERG 2012 for Android. In addition, a version of the ERG is available in NLMs Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (
This invaluable tool improves the speed and accessibility to hazardous materials response information to those on the front line of accidents and incidents, said PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman.
Chief Ernest Mitchell, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration. noted that the release of the 2012 ERG mobile app will provide essential tools to help first responders safely deal with hazmat incidents. I always found the ERG to be extremely valuable and believe that a copy should be in every emergency response vehicle and in the hand of every first responder in America.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration develops and enforces regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the nation’s 2.5 million mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air. Please visit for more information.
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Support the men and women working to improve your highways, roadways and streets by Going Orange for Work Zone Safety Week. These workers could be your family, friends, or the neighbor down the street. Help us encourage everyone to pay attention in work zones and help save lives.
Go Orange for Work Zone Safety kicks off April 23. There isnt one just one way to Go Orange for Work Zone Safety. Wear orange, find your favorite orange symbol. Just be creative and have fun. See how some went orange in 2011.
“Don’t Barrel Through Work Zones! Drive Smart to Arrive Alive”
2012 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 23-27
Businesses can participate too. Just post a photo of your employees, or turn your building orange. If you send us a logo, we can list your business in our Whos In page. See how businesses can turn their building orange on the How to Participate page.
Drivers generally dont think they are at risk in work zones but they’re wrong:
- Washington averages almost 1,000 highway work zone injuries each year.
- 99 percent the people injured or killed in work zone collisions are drivers and their passengers.
- Most injuries and deaths in work zones are caused by rear-end collisions.
- Inattentive drivers are not prepared for sudden slow downs and last minute lane changes in work zones.
Work zone survival tips:
- Slow down to the posted speed and pay attention.
- Merge as soon as possible.
- Expect delays, plan for them and leave early or use an alternate route if one is available.
The “Network of Employers for Traffic Safety” (NETS), in conjunction with the Department of Transportation (DOT) is providing free downloadable material for “Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW). Focusing on distracted driving the material is part of the “Focus 360°: Getting there safely is everyone’s business” campaign. It focuses, not only on the driver but also on pedestrians, bikes and passengers, making it something that is essential to all of us.
Sign up on the NETS website and you will be given access to:
- Facts and tips sheets that include information and statistics on distracted driving, tips on how to avoid distracted driving as well as idea on how to get the message out.
- Daily Activities that include supporting resources and a lot more
- Graphics, posters and more
NETS (the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety) has partnered with the DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) to help raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.
I personally know someone who was on the phone with a co-worker when she went off a bridge while on her cell phone. He told me that he can never get the scream that he heard as she plunged to her death, out of his mind.
Go to http://trafficsafety.org/dsww-materials to download a weeks’ worth of brochures, activities, handouts, pledge cards and more for you and your employees. Make a commitment not to pick up your cell phone while you are driving, not to call your co-workers or employees when you know that they are driving and not to send or receive texts while driving.
Simply fill out a short two question survey to receive the login information in order to download the materials.
While you’re there, why not join NETS too?