U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Iowa bans texting while driving

Iowa became the 21st state to ban texting April 2 when Gov. Chet Culver signed an anti-texting-while-driving bill into law for all drivers in the state.

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Sample texting bill unveiled

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood  Feb. 22 unveiled sample legislation to be used as a starting point for states crafting new laws to prohibit texting while behind-the-wheel.   The sample state law, prepared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a cross-section of safety and industry organizations, would authorize law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle and issue a citation to drivers who are texting while driving.    There is heightened concern about the ...

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DOT prohibits driver texting immediately

The U.S Department of Transportation Jan. 26 announced it is immediately prohibiting truck and bus drivers from sending text messages while operating commercial vehicles. Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750. The DOT action doesn’t prohibit the use of cell phones for purposes other than text messaging. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia already prohibit all drivers from texting behind the ...

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Pennsylvania’s I-80 tolling foes continue fight

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently said a decision on the state’s application to toll would be reached soon.

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Pulse: Eye catching

Texting made the crash risk 23.2 times as high as non-distracted driving for truckers. One irritant for professional drivers is being treated like some air-headed teenager with a new driver’s license. After all, you’ve been trained to drive a vehicle whose operation is far more complex than anything riding on two axles. As an owner-operator, your years of experience piloting a commercial vehicle likely number in the double digits. Anyone on the road puts their life ...

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