Obama administration to crack down on texting drivers

Posted by on August 5, 2009 at 8:06 am.

The Obama administration today signalled a nationwide clampdown on people who send text messages while driving, a practice cited as the cause of a recent series of high-profile fatal crashes.

The transport secretary, Ray LaHood, also hinted at action against drivers distracted in other ways, such as by use of mobile phones and fiddling with electronic route finders.

He is organising a summit next month of transport safety specialists, members of Congress, police and others to discuss the problem. He plans afterwards “to announce a list of concrete steps we will take to make drivers think twice about taking their eyes off the road for any reason”. He said: “This is a huge problem for America.”

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