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Published on: October 1, 2009 04:27 PM
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Washington - President Barack Obama issued an order today banning federal employees from text messaging while behind the wheel of a government vehicle or with a government device. Under the order, employees are prohibited from text messaging while operating a government car or driving their own vehicle while on government business. The order also bans employees from using a government-provided cell phone or other device while driving any vehicle.

“Recent deadly crashes involving drivers distracted by text messaging while behind the wheel highlight a growing danger on our roads,” Obama’s order said.

Seven US states in addition to Washington DC require drivers to use ear phones while talking on cell phones. Text messaging has been banned in 18 US states and the District of Columbia.

Obama said he was hopeful his order would encourage other states and local government to crackdown on the dangers of drivers distracted through use of cell phones and text messaging.

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In September 2008, a conductor of a Los Angeles commuter train admitted he was text messaging during an accident that killed 25 people. The driver of a Boston trolley in August said he was text messaging when his train struck another, injuring dozens of passengers.


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 Oct 01, 2009 at 05:28 PM Anonymous Says:

thanks obama I would not have known that its dangerous had you not banned it once again the pres shows he is the one who takes care
how about an order to drink and eat so we can live.

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 05:19 PM A. Nuran Says:

Good. Distracted driving is a menace to public safety

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 06:04 PM Anonymous Says:

obama is a joke, this what he is wasting his time on

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 07:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

thanks obama I would not have known that its dangerous had you not banned it once again the pres shows he is the one who takes care
how about an order to drink and eat so we can live.

I was wondering what a right-wing nut would find wrong with this. He's not "advising" them not to text, he's ordering them. Get it??? You would complain about Obama even if he would cure cancer!

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 10:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

thanks obama I would not have known that its dangerous had you not banned it once again the pres shows he is the one who takes care
how about an order to drink and eat so we can live.

more than 6,000 deaths this year were from accidents due to texting/bbming while driving. so yes its a goodthing and youldnt be so negative if it was bush. seriously, just shut up

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 10:39 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

more than 6,000 deaths this year were from accidents due to texting/bbming while driving. so yes its a goodthing and youldnt be so negative if it was bush. seriously, just shut up

theres a reason y bush didnt order it

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 10:38 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I was wondering what a right-wing nut would find wrong with this. He's not "advising" them not to text, he's ordering them. Get it??? You would complain about Obama even if he would cure cancer!

your the fool can't you see Obama an empty suit naive liar who inexperience chicago politician. you are so blinded by the dems that ever crazy thing he does you think his magic the spell was broken. wake up

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 Oct 01, 2009 at 11:24 PM PATAKI '12 Says:

Tell Obama that Irans nuclear wepns can costs 1000's of lifes and he should batter take care of that and then on this. Letz what he's!!!

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 12:10 AM PMO Says:

You will have to forgive me, but could you please explain this: "Obama an empty suit naive liar who inexperience chicago politician. " I don't speak gibberish, but would like to see the actual facts you have to back up using words like "liar". Or is this perhaps just the slander you repeat from Glenn Beck?

By the way, there is nothing wrong with this. This policy applies to Federal employees. It is no different than your company setting a policy that you can't surf obscene material, or check your personal email at work.

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 07:11 AM Allan Says:

Wow read this story... something that Obama has done that I can agree with!

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 08:44 AM Anonymous Says:

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PMO Says:

You will have to forgive me, but could you please explain this: "Obama an empty suit naive liar who inexperience chicago politician. " I don't speak gibberish, but would like to see the actual facts you have to back up using words like "liar". Or is this perhaps just the slander you repeat from Glenn Beck?

By the way, there is nothing wrong with this. This policy applies to Federal employees. It is no different than your company setting a policy that you can't surf obscene material, or check your personal email at work.

liar?
Yes!
what about the five days we are going to have until a bill gets passed so we can read them. .
what about the "no air-marks"..
what about the "no more lobying". .
what about, uneployment will not be higher then 8.5%. .

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 09:46 AM joe shmoe Says:

like a kid in class just getting distracted all the time. HEY MR PREZ would you start doing your job instead of running around handing out traffic tickets! I bet his dream is still to become a POWLEES OFFICEH. after all then he could arrest whites, release blacks, etc. arrest somebody fast (as fast as he expects to get done all he wants, porkulos bill, healthcare overhaul, israeli piece YES PIECE BY PIECE.) get home and enjoy the loot.

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 09:53 AM joe shmoe Says:

Reply to #9  
PMO Says:

You will have to forgive me, but could you please explain this: "Obama an empty suit naive liar who inexperience chicago politician. " I don't speak gibberish, but would like to see the actual facts you have to back up using words like "liar". Or is this perhaps just the slander you repeat from Glenn Beck?

By the way, there is nothing wrong with this. This policy applies to Federal employees. It is no different than your company setting a policy that you can't surf obscene material, or check your personal email at work.

first of all, is everybody who disagrees with our president osur to listen to? FACT: glen beck got his ratings this high cause he won't force you to anything. He might explain a situtation, or try to explain, and then let you decide. Do you really think I need you to decide for me? I listen to opinions and whichever one makes most sense to me, like protesters included. (the number of protesters), the facts of the pending law (the written words) are the ones I believe rather than a liar like obama.

on your second paragraph, I think that bill gates should come to staples and tell the workers that they can't nosh while working. (this might be an overblown statement, however it's the point I'm trying to make.) this is not considered micromanagment, it's called managed something not under your job responsibilities.

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 10:25 AM PMO Says:

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joe shmoe Says:

like a kid in class just getting distracted all the time. HEY MR PREZ would you start doing your job instead of running around handing out traffic tickets! I bet his dream is still to become a POWLEES OFFICEH. after all then he could arrest whites, release blacks, etc. arrest somebody fast (as fast as he expects to get done all he wants, porkulos bill, healthcare overhaul, israeli piece YES PIECE BY PIECE.) get home and enjoy the loot.

Hey shmoe... like the kid in class who had the attention span of a 2 year old and ended up illiterate. If you actually READ the article and focus long enough to comprehend it, you would realize that this has nothing to do with traffic tickets, or arresting anyone. He is making it policy for Federal employees.... you know... the people who work for him. This is no different than my company banning "texting" at work. If you can get away from bowing down to your pictures of Glenn Beck, go back and read the article again...

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 Oct 02, 2009 at 09:04 PM Anonymous Says:

The president isn't wasting as much time on some small matter like this as you seem to think. Obama is an important man who has too many responsibilities to do everything himself. This is how I'm guessing this order came to be:

One of Obama's underlings thought it was necessary to ban government employees from texting while driving and he presented his ban to the president who agreed that it should be put into effect (5 minutes of Obama's time). One of his underlings wrote a formal representation of the ban and submitted it to Obama who read it, signed it, and released a statement when it was put into effect (5 more minutes of Obama's time).

Which is about 10 minutes of Obama's time. How much time did old Georgie spend at the ranch on vacation?

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