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Thursday, January 26, 2012

US government banned texting for commercial drivers
Meagan McElroy at 12:00 AM ET

On January 26, 2010, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a federal ban on texting while driving for all commercial truck and bus drivers. The regulation, promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), added to several state laws outlawing texting while driving and an executive order issued by President Obama in October 2009 that prohibits the practice for federal employees and government contractors. Some studies indicate that the distraction which results from texting while driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence of intoxicants.

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