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Obama administration bans federal workers from texting whilst driving

The Obama administration has now banned federal employees from using their mobile phone to text whilst driving and has also stated it will consider new restrictions being placed on mobile phone usage by bus drivers, truck drivers, and rail reports the LA Times.

On Wednesday night, President Obama put his signature to an executive order initiating the ban of federal employees sending text messages while driving on the job or while in a government owned vehicle. Ray LaHood, the Transport Secretary announced the order at a 2 day summit on distracted driving in Washington.

LaHood also confirmed that the administration will push states to pass laws against distracted driving, and especially school bus drivers, and will seek a new rule whereby they can revoke commercial driver’s licenses for school bus drivers that are convicted of texting whilst at the wheel.