Obama Bans Federal Employees From Texting While Driving

The prohibition applies to employees and contractors who are driving on official business.

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Motorists who text-message while driving are being assaulted on all sides: First there's a national ban being discussed in the Senate, and today President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting all federal employees from text-messaging while they're operating motor vehicles. "A Federal Government-wide prohibition on the use of text messaging while driving on official business or while using Government-supplied equipment will help save lives, reduce injuries, and set an example for State and local governments, private employers, and individual drivers," says the order. President Obama also included federal contractors in the ban. The order comes on the last day of the Department of Transportation's Distracted Driving Summit.

Read the executive order here.