U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Federal Ban on Texting for Commercial Truck Drivers

Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced new guidelines that prohibit texting by drivers of commercial vehicles. This prohibition is effective immediately, and truck and bus drivers may be subject to civil and criminal penalties of up to $2750.  This new ban is part of a series of actions by the Department to combat distracted driving.   

“We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe,” said Secretary LaHood in a press release.  “This is an important safety step and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving.”

The Department of Transportation has also launched www.distraction.gov to combat distracted driving, including the use of cell phones by motorists.  The agency has also sponsored FocusDriven, a new nonprofit group dedicated to discouraging people from using cellphones while driving.  Organizers say that they will model the new group on Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

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