It's no secret that we've been working hard to combat distracted driving during the past eight months. Today, we go to the next level.
And there is no one who can help us do that like Oprah Winfrey.
I cannot thank Oprah enough for drawing America's attention to this issue. With the declaration of today as "National No Phone Zone Day," her special live broadcast today from Chicago, and the viewing rallies scheduled around the country, she lends her influence to the safety of our nation's roads.
And I also want to thank the many participating state DOTs--and the DC DOT--for signing on to the "No Phone Zone" Day campaign and supporting Oprah's efforts with their own.
Here is just a sampling of the kind of news Oprah has generated on behalf of this important mission:
USA Today: Oprah's 'No-Phone Zone Day': Be kind to fellow drivers (and yourself)
Consumer Reports: Oprah’s national "No Phone Zone Day"Dallas Morning News: Oprah joins Grapevine woman's effort against distracted driving
Cumberland Times-News: SHA partnering with Oprah show to make vehicles no phone zones
CBS4: Ft. Collins Girl's Death Center Of Oprah Campaign
KCAU: Oprah Challenges Nation to Take the No Phone Zone Pledge
KIRO: Leave your phone at home for No Phone Zone Day
Mercury News : Oprah Winfrey joins phone campaign
Mlive.com: Granholm to sign texting law on Oprah show
So, please, tune into today's Oprah broadcast. You can find local viewing information here.