US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proposes cell phone ban for truck and bus drivers

By on Dec 18, 2010 in Current Events, United States, World Comments
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The US Transportation Department led by Secretary Ray LaHood proposed to prohibit commercial truck bus drivers from using mobile phones while driving on Friday, December 17, 2010, according to international news sites.

LaHood’s proposal is the latest step against distracted driving that will affect at least 4 million drivers who were already banned by the government due to texting while at work.

According to LaHood, commercial truck and bus drivers taking their eyes off the road to use their cellphone even for a few seconds will put everyone at risk.

US Government safety figures showed that in 2009, nearly 5,000 people were killed and 500,000 were hurt in crashes of all vehicles because of distracted drivers.

UPS Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., two of the biggest transportation companies have already ordered their drivers to refrain from using cell phones while driving to avoid accidents.

Before being finalized, the proposal will undergo a 60-day comment period.

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