Feds crack down on distracted drivers

You can read the article in the South Florida Business Journal here or below.

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article:

The Obama administration is cracking down on texting while driving, at least among government employees.

On Wednesday night, the president signed an executive order directing federal employees not to text-message while driving government-owned vehicles, when using electronic equipment while driving, or while driving their own vehicles while conducting government business.

The order follows a two-day summit on distracted driving conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“I fully expect that all 58,000 DOT employees and contractors will take this order seriously,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a news release.” Let’s show our friends and families that we can resist the temptation to answer the phone, send a message or allow some other distraction to interfere with our driving.”

LaHood also announced several other actions that his department is taking to combat distracted driving.

Among them:

* Making permanent restrictions on the use of cell phones and other electronic devices in rail operations.
* Banning text messaging altogether, and restricting the use of cell phones by truck and interstate bus operators.
* Disqualifying school bus drivers convicted of texting while driving from maintaining their commercial driver’s licenses.

He also called on state and local governments to pass laws to combat distracted driving in all vehicles, especially school buses.

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