Txting y-ile driving now banned for feds
An executive order signed by President Obama in October takes effect Wednesday, meaning that more than 3 million federal workers are prohibited from texting while driving government vehicles, using government-issued phones and PDAs or driving their own vehicles while on official business.
Obama's order does not ban phone calls while driving (thanks to hands-free devices), and agencies can exempt employees performing "protective, law enforcement or national security responsibilities" from the policy. The order also strongly encourages federal contractors to prohibit their employees from texting while driving company vehicles.
“I am proud that the federal government is leading by example, and encourage others to think about how they can set a safety example in their communities whether it’s through employee policies, safety awareness campaigns, or just making sure your teen driver knows the risks," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.
Nearly 6,000 people died in crashes that involved a distracted or inattentive driver in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In an effort to cut those statistics, the government launched Distraction.gov, which compiles the government's information on distracted driving. LaHood also appears in a new public service announcement that is slick and well-produced and not nearly as graphic as similar British PSAs.
As the new executive order takes effect -- what do you think? Is it practical? Enforceable? Will you comply?
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