The new ban aims at
limiting the amount of collisions -- and overall driving danger --
related to people who are texting while driving.
shows that the federal
government is taking the lead," said Ray LaHood, U.S.
Transportation Secretary. "This is a big
Government officials hope the ban will also put
pressure on government contractors to also put laws in place designed
to keep the number of unnecessary auto-related incidents at a
minimum. Most notably, there have been several texting-related
incidents with rail operators and bus drivers, with injuries and
deaths related from the accidents, LaHood noted.
Transportation Secretary is able to pass a nationwide ban on texting
and cell phone use among train operators, bus drivers, and other
employees who are in control of passenger safety, this is an
important first step.
Washington, D.C. and 18 states have bans
in place that lead to traffic tickets if a person is caught texting
while driving -- and a meeting of more than 300 government and safety
officials may lead to a nationwide ban.
pleaded drivers across the country to have a single
week of distraction-free driving, meaning no texting or chatting
on the cell phone. It's unlikely many drivers will listen to
the request, but it's highlighting a growing problem that officials
are looking to tackle.
quote: Like anything we have to start SOME where
quote: What if someone is a passenger, or on a boat/plane/etc.?
quote: The only way I know how to do that is to put some sort of short-range emitter in the drivers seat with a very limited radius that the phone detects. The downside, as I've mentioned elsewhere, is that older cars will not have that legislated functionality.
quote: Surely the concept will catch on like wildfire and enforcement will be strong.
quote: And in this case, instead of some little fine, we have actual punishment.
quote: Obama's decisions thus far have been rational
quote: pray that your negligence while operating a motor vehicle never cuases my family harm - I will not hesitate to pull a trigger and even the score.
quote: One thing that I've noticed in this thread under multiple posts is people assuming that this is a new law that has been passed. This isn't a law, and so the constitutionality isn't really in question.