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Executive Order 12566—Safety Belt Use Requirements for Federal Employees

September 26, 1986

Each year, thousands of lives could be saved and injuries prevented if motorists would use their safety belts. The annual cost to society of these needless deaths and injuries is currently in excess of $32 billion. Taxpayers bear a large share of this cost. The estimated annual cost to Federal, State, and local governments as a result of auto accidents is $11 billion. I have determined that an on-the-job safety belt use policy for Federal employees will reduce human pain and suffering, set an example for the private sector, and reduce the burden on the taxpayers caused by motor vehicle accidents.

Accordingly, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including Section 7902(c) of Title 5 of the United States Code and Section 19 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, as amended (29 U.S.C. 668), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. Each Federal employee occupying the front seat of a motor vehicle on official business, whose seat is equipped with a safety belt, shall have the safety belt properly fastened at all times when the vehicle is in motion.

Sec. 2. Scope of Order. All agencies of the Executive branch are directed to promulgate rules and take all appropriate measures within their existing employee occupational safety and health programs to carry out the purposes of this Order. This includes, but is not limited to, conducting an education program for employees about the requirements of this Order. The term "agency" as used in this Order means an Executive Department, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 101, or any employing unit or authority of the Federal government, other than those of the Legislative and Judicial branches. The Secretary of Labor shall cooperate and consult with the heads of agencies in the Legislative and Judicial branches of the Government to encourage and help them adopt safety belt use programs. The Secretary of Labor shall also submit an annual report to the President that includes the status of on-the-job belt use by Federal employees.

Sec. 3. Coordination. The Secretary of Transportation shall provide leadership and guidance to the heads of agencies to assist them with the employee safety belt programs established pursuant to this Order.

Sec. 4. Other Powers and Duties. (a) Nothing in this Order shall be construed to impair or alter the powers and duties of the heads of the various Federal agencies pursuant to Section 19 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, or to Sections 7901, 7902, and 7903 of Title 5 of the United States Code, nor shall it be construed to affect any right, duty, or procedure under the National Labor Relations Act.

(b) The Secretary of Defense shall be responsible for implementation of all provisions of this Order insofar as they apply to military personnel of the Department of Defense.

Sec. 5. Causes of Action. Nothing in this Order shall be construed to create a new cause of action against the United States or to alter in any way the United States' liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act.


The White House,

September 26, 1986.

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:20 a.m., September 29, 1986]

Ronald Reagan, Executive Order 12566—Safety Belt Use Requirements for Federal Employees Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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