White House Message: Dn't Txt Whl Drvg
The SMS text is a beautiful thing. It can relay important time-sensitive messages like "running late", "on my way", or "in a meeting" as well as life-changing sentiments like "please say yes", "it's a girl", or "your keys are ready"... and all without having to actually initiate a call. While texting can be an efficient way to communicate information, it has also proven to be deadly when combined with driving.
The distracted driver is attributed to more than half a million injuries from car crashes in 2008 and over 6,000 deaths. While many states have banned the use of cell phones while driving, the dangers of texting while driving have often slid by, under the radar.
The White House took a bold stance on texting while driving this week after a two-day conference on the issue of distracted driving.
President Obama signed an executive order banning federal employees from text messaging while driving government vehicles or while operating their personal vehicles, when using government-issued cell phones or conducting official business.
Will states follow?
Currently, 18 states and the District of Columbia have anti-texting laws for drivers. And the U.S. Department of Transportation hopes that other states will follow the White House's lead in enacting similar restrictions that can potentially save lives and can call drivers' attention, well, back to the road.
- Obama Bans Federal Employees From Texting While Driving (Washington Post)
- Gov't seeks ban on texting truckers, bus drivers (Associated Press)
- Texting While Driving Banned for Federal Workers (New York Times)
- Texting Trucker Gets In Over His Head (FindLaw's Legal Grounds)
- Driving while Texting and Vehicular Manslaughter (FindLaw's Blotter)
- Traffic Violation Overview (provided by Macdowell & Associates PC)
- Reckless Driving (provided by The Law Offices of Ferrer and Associates)
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