/ October 2, 2009

White House Clamps Down on Texting While Driving By Federal Employees

On Wednesday evening, President Obama signed an executive order banning texting while driving by federal workers. Specifically, the order prohibits federal employees from texting while driving government vehicles as well while driving their own vehicles if they are using cell phones paid for by the government. You can find the full text of the new legislation on the White House’s website.

The New York Times reports that federal legislation banning texting by bus drivers and truckers who travel across state lines is also in the works. This move by the federal government continues the trend of anti-texting laws recently enacted by at least eighteen state and local governments.

For more information about the anti-texting legislation in effect around the country, check out the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s website.

Source: The New York Times.

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