Ashley Halsey III, of the Washington Post reports that “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.” According to the report, “The ban, in the form of an executive order signed Wednesday night, 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.”
The District and 18 states, including Maryland and Virginia, have banned texting while driving to different degrees. It is great to learn that the President is taking this issue seriously and is beginning the process of making it a crime everywhere to drive while texting. As I mentioned in a recent blog, texting while driving is increasing and is extremely dangerous. If the federal and local governments don’t act quickly, lives will be lost and others will be seriously and permanently injured.
Please drive safely.
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