Obama Bars Federal Employees From Texting While Driving

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    WASHINGTON -- Distracted Driving Week comes to a close with President Barack Obama's executive order banning texting while driving by federal employees in government vehicles.

    The order came as the U.S. Department of Transportation's summit on the subject wound down, DC Streetsblog reported.

     It's of particular interest to the D.C. area, where many work for the government and many more drive recklessly.

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood also announced the following regulations to move toward a nationwide ban:

    1. Permanently bar rail operators from using cell phones or text-messaging devices
    2. Ban texting by truck and interstate bus drivers and restrict their use of cell phones
    3. Revoke commercial licenses of any school bus driver found texting behind the wheel