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Let's Hear It for Hersman: NTSB on DWT

hersman.jpgHave 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?

By John Kelly  |  September 9, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Distracted driving  
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Ms. Hersman is demonstrating leadership in her first "official act" after being formally sworn in. Everyone knows about the dangers of distracted driving - but few really act to mitigate! Bravo to the new Chairman for setting an example that is so obviously relevant - not just for the NTSB, but for all government employees and agencies, and for all drivers! Now, we only could find some photos of high ranking government officials "buckled up" in their official limousines!!

Posted by: Safetyman | September 9, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I assume she will soon make an additional rule prohibiting changing radio stations, eating food, talking to other people, using GPS devices, and day-dreaming while driving.

A distraction is a distraction is a distraction. No reason to vilify phones here.

Posted by: jerryravens | September 9, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

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