Proposal bans texting by haz-mat truck drivers

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is hosting a second summit on distracted driving Tuesday. He says his department has finalized two requirements that will bar commercial bus and truck drivers from texting on the job and restrict train operators from using cell phones and mobile devices on duty.

LaHood has pushed states to adopt tougher laws against sending text messages from behind the wheel. He says 550 companies in the U.S. have promised to create anti-distracted driving policies for their employees in the next year.

Nearly 5,500 people were killed in 2009 in distracted driving crashes.

The Associated Press

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