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DOT proposes truck texting ban

The Transportation Department is proposing a ban on text messaging at the wheel by interstate commercial truck and bus drivers.

The plan would make permanent an interim ban announced in January by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. It would apply to drivers of interstate buses and trucks over 10,000 pounds.

Truck and bus drivers who text while driving could face civil or criminal penalties.

LaHood has been campaigning against texting and cellphone use while driving.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order last year directing federal employees not to text while driving government-owned vehicles or with government-owned equipment.

Government studies have found that drivers take their eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds out of every 6 seconds while texting.

You can provide feedback on the proposed rule here.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  |  March 31, 2010; 10:26 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Transportation Politics  
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Texting should be banned for ALL drivers...

Posted by: ceebee2 | March 31, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

This is a states right issue. Actually, I'm not sure since it has to do with interstate commerce.

Anyway, it's bush's fault.

Posted by: wpjunk | March 31, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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