Government Seeks Ban To Prevent Interstate Bus Drivers & Truckers From Texting - HotHardware
Government Seeks Ban To Prevent Interstate Bus Drivers & Truckers From Texting

Government Seeks Ban To Prevent Interstate Bus Drivers & Truckers From Texting

AAA recently declared a goal to ban texting while driving. The automobile club is not alone. Yesterday, the Obama administration said it would seek to ban text messaging by interstate bus drivers and truckers and would encourage states to pass their own laws against driving cars while distracted. According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the administration also plans to put restrictions on cell phone use by rail operators, truck drivers, and interstate bus drivers.

"Driving while distracted should just feel wrong — just as driving without a seat belt or driving while intoxicated," LaHood said at the end of a two-day conference on the problem. "We're not going to break everyone of their bad habits — but we are going to raise awareness and sharpen the consequences."

LaHood said President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Wednesday that will ban all federal workers from texting while driving on government business, driving government vehicles, or using government equipment. The administration will also work to disqualify school bus drivers from keeping their commercial driver's licenses if they are convicted of texting while driving.



There's currently legislation in congress pushed by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that would require states to ban texting or e-mailing while operating a moving vehicle or lose 25% of their annual federal highway funding. While LaHood declined to endorse Schumer's bill, he did say that the administration would work with Congress.

To date, 18 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws that make texting while driving illegal. Seven states and the District of Columbia have banned driving while talking on a handheld cell phone.
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Great news. I'm glad more people didn't have to die before it became clear there needed to be a law to stop this stupid behavior (http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/09/18/train.collision/index.html).

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I still can't believe that some are so ignorant as to text while driving.

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Whatever it takes is fine with me. I was almost hit by an idiot texting.

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I have to agree, I saw two nurses walking across a street almost get plowed by a college student who was texting while driving.

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is been like 2 weeks and this topic is still on.

"Driving while distracted should just feel wrong" i love the comments i really do but they are stupid. you feel wrong IT IS WRONG!, Eminem said it; it starts at home (not exactly his own words but you get the picture)

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kid007:

Eminem said it; it starts at home (not exactly his own words but you get the picture)

I'm not sure, but I think people quoting Eminem on topics of personal safety and responsibility is one of the signs of the apocalypse.

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just saying :)

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The Department of Transportation has now officially proposed the rule to ban texting by truck drivers. If you want the agency to hear your thoughts on the rule please visit http://regulationroom.org/ and post your comments.

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