DOT extends trucker texting ban
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off his second major conference on distracted driving Tuesday with the announcement that in-state truck drivers who transport hazardous waste will be banned from sending text messages.
The move closed a loophole in a year-old ban on texting by truckers and commercial bus drivers, extending the prohibition to include intrastate truckers who deliver gasoline, propane and other hazardous materials.
LaHood also launched a more concerted effort to get private employers to adopt restrictions on cellphone use by their employees. President Obama a year ago prohibited federal workers from texting while behind the wheel of government vehicles, and from using government-issued cell phones to text even while driving their own cars.
-- Ashley Halsey III
Check back for updates from the distracted driving summit throughout the day.
| September 21, 2010; 9:18 AM ET
Categories: Ashley Halsey III, Driving, Transportation Politics
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