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Obama Bans Federal Employees From Texting While Driving

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Ashley Halsey III:

President Obama has banned federal employees from text messaging when they are behind the wheel of government vehicles and from texting in their own cars if they use government-issued phones or are on official business.

The ban, in the form of an executive order signed Wednesday night (pdf), was announced Thursday by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the culmination of a two-day meeting on the issue of distracted driving.

"It shows that the federal government is taking the lead," LaHood said. "This is a big deal."

LaHood said the order also encourages federal contractors and others who do business with the government to bar their employees from texting while driving company vehicles.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 1, 2009; 2:58 PM ET
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