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Obama Bans Texting While Driving For Federal Employees

After a two-day distracted driving summit in which Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood reported that 6,000 people died due to distracted driving in 2008, President Barack Obama handed down a presidential order banning all government employees from texting or emailing while behind the wheel. Federal employees will not be allowed to text or email from government mobile device while driving or text or email while driving on government business.

The order gives government offices 90 days to implement the plan with their own workers and also encourages businesses that work with the government to put together similar rules. LaHood also said that measures will be taken to
ban texting and mobile phone emailing for rail workers, bus drivers, and truckers in order to get distracted driving under control.

This executive order follows a number of states, including Virginia and North Carolina,
outlawing texting while driving in the past several years.


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