Texting while driving can be fatal for you and people in and outside your car. Despite the obvious danger, we all do it. Now there is a law against it! President Barack Obama signed an executive order late Wednesday banning all federal workers from texting while driving on government business, driving government vehicles or using government equipment. In all there are 3 million federal employees in US.
The Transportation Department reported that 5,870 people were killed and 515,000 were injured last year in crashes connected to driver distraction, often involving mobile devices or cell phones. Driver distraction was involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in 2008 and was more prevalent among young drivers.Source: www.google.com
Interesting video by Car and Driver on dangers of texting
And the it does not stop there.
The agency said it will make permanent restrictions on use of mobile phones and other electronic devices for train operators. The Federal Railroad Administration announced a ban after last year’s collision between a Los Angeles Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific Corp. locomotive. Evidence showed crew members were sending text messages before the crash.
The Transportation Department also plans to ban texting by commercial-truck and interstate-bus drivers, to restrict their mobile-phone use and to revoke commercial licenses of school-bus drivers convicted of violating texting rules, LaHood said.
The rules would apply to computers installed in trucks that commercial drivers use to plan routes and communicate with their employers, LaHood told reporters.
Now what will I do while driving on my 1 hour commute? Maybe get an audio book or listen to some radio?