Thursday, January 7, 2010

If only Rapid City streets were a no-tweet zone...

Fortunately, Obama is after your civil liberty to tweet on the road.


The Presidential Executive Order on Distracted Driving Effective Today Government-wide directive restricts more than 4 million federal employees from texting while driving.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today marked the effective date of President Obama’s Executive Order on distracted driving, which will prohibit more than 4 million federal employees from texting behind the wheel while working or while using government vehicles and communications devices. Secretary LaHood also unveiled a new national television PSA and website,, this week to get the word out on the dangers of distracted driving.

On October 1, 2009, following a national two-day summit on distracted driving, President Obama signed Executive Order 13513, “Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving,” directing federal employees not to engage in text messaging while driving government-owned vehicles; when using electronic equipment supplied by the government while driving; or while driving privately owned vehicles when they’re on official government
business. The order also encourages federal contractors and others doing business with the government to adopt and enforce their own policies banning texting while driving on the job.

Following the fall summit, Secretary LaHood directed all 58,000 USDOT employees to comply immediately with the President’s Executive Order.

A PSA featuring Secretary LaHood began airing across the nation reminding drivers to keep their focus on the road – and off their cell phones. The DOT has also launched a new website,, where the public can locate information and resources on distracted driving and find ways to spread the message.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research shows that nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver, and more than half a million were injured. On any given day in 2008, more than 800,000 vehicles were driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.

Executive Order 13513, Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving:

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