Let's Hear It for Hersman: NTSB on DWT
Have you ever had your cockles warmed? It's a lovely feeling.
Deborah Hersman warmed the cockles of my heart yesterday. She's the new head of the National Transportation Safety Board and after her swearing-in Tuesday she ordered her staff not to text while driving. According to the Associated Press:
The NTSB's 400 employees will no longer be able to text or talk on cell phones while driving during work hours nor while driving during their off-hours if they're using a government-issued wireless device. The policy will apply to board members as well.
"Consider it a sterile-cockpit rule," Hersman told the crowd. That's the FAA requirement that pilots not be distracted during critical phases of a flight, such as during takeoffs and landings.
Such an obvious measure to implement. Here's hoping this is rolled out across all federal agencies. It might have a real effect on the streets of Washington.
What about where you work? Does anyone out there know of any businesses or companies that have a similar rule in place?
September 9, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
Categories: Distracted driving
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