• Apr 26, 2010
Oprah Winfrey has officially partnered with the Governors Highway Safety Association and handful of other agencies to help put a stop to distracted driving. The famed talk-show host will be heading up a special live show this Friday designed to highlight the dangers of driving and cell phone use. Winfrey will be interviewing the families of victims of distracted driving collisions and government officials. She'll also be announcing a new awareness campaign called "No Phone Zone" that urges drivers to leave their mobile devices alone when behind the wheel.

The Oprah Winfrey Show will also host viewing rallies all over the country in cities like Atlanta, Detroit and Los Angeles to help spread the word. Don't expect this to be the last good deed Winfrey tackles, either. The host will be taking on a number of other issues in an upcoming sponsored public service announcement segment. Check your local listings for details and hop the jump for the press release.

[Source: Governors Highway Safety Association]

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State Highway Safety Agencies Supporting Oprah's No Phone Zone Day Drivers Urged to Make Commitment to Hang Up and Drive

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and its member State Highway Safety Agencies are joining forces with Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Studios to fight distracted driving during "No Phone Zone Day" on Friday April 30, 2010. Affiliates nationwide will air a special live episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" devoted to dangers associated with cell phone use and texting while driving. Special viewing rallies will be held in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., bringing together victims' families, elected officials, advocacy organizations, parents, youth, and law enforcement to discuss best practices and steps to limit distracted driving in their own communities. In addition, the "Oprah" show will debut a new sponsored public service announcement campaign.

All participants and viewers will be asked to pledge to make their cars a "No Phone Zone." GHSA's State Highway Safety Office members are participating in the viewing rallies and other community mobilization activities. GHSA is encouraging all states to spread the word through news releases, community events, and through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. States with distracted driving laws may use the day to draw attention to the legislation. Currently, 23 states and Washington, D.C. have texting laws.

(For a full list, visit www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html). GHSA Chairman Vernon Betkey has personally taken the "No Phone Zone" pledge and will participate in the Washington D.C. rally. He notes that "GHSA has always supported a multifaceted approach to combating distracted driving. While state legislation and enforcement are both critical factors, education efforts are also important-and what better person to raise public awareness than Oprah Winfrey? As a society, we need to make cell phone use while driving as unacceptable as drunk driving. We are very grateful to Harpo and Ms. Winfrey for their leadership and commitment." Also supporting Oprah's "No Phone Zone Day" are: the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), FocusDriven, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and RADD - the Entertainment Industry's Voice for Road Safety.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      You get told what to do and you get told what to do and you get told what to do and you get told what to do and you get told what to do and... Thanks Harpo. Tell us what else we need a large wad of money to be able to do all the time. Easy to not worry about talking while driving from the back seat. As is well known, too many people are driving on the phone all the time, but there are some reasons that you need to be on the phone while driving. So how about talk and drive at your own risk? What about a law that stops people from tailgateing or running stop signs! Sure, what people are more likely to listen to Harpo and to get off my bumper after running the stop sign while yapping on the phone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Irresistible force vs. immovable object.

      Women cannot drive without talking on cell phone. But wait - women must do as oprah commands. ..Error... ....does not compute.............
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oprah is always doing something positive. She deserves her fortune and fame. Good for her.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I want to see Oprah catch someone driving while using their phone and proceed to give a celebrity beatdown! Eh. I can dream.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I feel so sorry for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ooh...d'ja see the tatooed ta-tas on the blonde in the left of the picture? I'd listen to HER...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wish someone would close that sunroof while she's on it
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is like the Elizabeth Taylor photo hawking White Diamonds. Neither Liz nor Oprah look anything like either photo. Which is ok of course. Time marches on. But why can't we use fairly current photos? I don't want my 8th grade photo representing me forever. Why would either of them want an old photo to illustrate what they are doing now?
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about "No Fat Women Day"?
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG,thats crazy, will everyone have to sign that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another celebrity endorsement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with the photo.

      All clueless women should not phone and drive. EVER.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with you, but this is no women issue, this is a political issue and example of where liberals & democrats a like just
      • 4 Years Ago
      That can not be a recent picture of Oprah, she is the size of a planet now. Must be from that "free" Pontiac scandal that went down a few years ago.
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