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    Wednesday, September 30 2009 2:09 PM EDT2009-09-30 18:09:33 GMT
    WASHINGTON. - If you've ever talked on your cell phone while driving, you need to read this. >>
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    Tuesday, July 21 2009 5:47 PM EDT2009-07-21 21:47:08 GMT
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WASHINGTON. - The Transportation Department is announcing an immediate ban on text messaging by truck and bus drivers on the road.
     
The ban applies to drivers of interstate buses and trucks over 10,000 pounds.
     
Tuesday's move is part of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's campaign against texting and cell phone use while driving.
     
Research shows that drivers who send and receive text messages take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds out of every six seconds. At 55 miles per hour, the DOT says that means a driver is cruising down the entire length of a football field without looking where he or she is going.
     
Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750.

New organization combats distracted driving

(January 12, 2010)

The federal government is trying to teach people about the dangers of distracted driving, launching a new organization called FocusDriven.
     
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told CBS' "The Early Show" that members of the organization "will be traveling the country persuading people to put cell phones away while they're driving."
     
LaHood and National Safety Council President Janet Froetscher announced the creation of the group Tuesday. FocusDriven will be led by Jennifer Smith, whose mother was killed in 2008 by a driver who was talking on his cell phone.
     
LaHood said he hopes FocusDriven will have the same success that Mothers Against Drunk Driving has had in changing attitudes toward drinking and driving. >>More

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