President bans texting while driving for federal employees

I recently wrote about this weeks’s big Department of Transportation conference investigating how to reduce deadly crashes.

Today, President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting the 4.5 million federal employees, including military personnel, from driving and text messaging.

In addition, the U. S. government wants to ban texting by bus drivers and truckers who travel across state lines. Furthermore, these drivers may be prohibited from uding cellphones while driving, unless an emergency is involved. It is not clear whether onboard computers use will be restricted.

“This meeting is probably the most important meeting in the history of the Department of Transportation,” Mr. LaHood said in his remarks concluding the conference.

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