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.