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Proposed truck driving texting ban

Posted On Mon, April 5, 2010

While the texting-while-driving ban has been growing nationwide, truck and bus drivers have usually been exempt. A new rule aims to change that.

U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has proposed a national rule banning texting by interstate commercial truck and bus drivers which would replace the temporary ban currently in effect.

Research conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows drivers who text take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 out of every 6 seconds while texting. FMCSA Research also shows texting drivers are 20 times more likely to get in an accident compared to drivers who aren't distracted.

"We are committed to using every resource available to eliminate the dangers of distracted driving,” said FMCSA administrator Anne S. Ferro.

Friday, Iowa become the 21st state to ban texting for all drivers. Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed into law an anti-texting while driving bill that will also prohibit teens with intermediate or restricted licenses from using cell phones while driving.

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