In a move to promote a higher standard for public safety on our roadways, transportation secretary Ray LaHood announced on Thursday that the federal government has banned texting while driving for federal employees. Also, the government plans to ban text messaging by bus drivers and truckers who travel across state lines. The announcements were made at the Department of Transportation’s Distracted Driving Summit held last week in Washington. The measures are aimed at dealing with what Secretary LaHood called a “deadly epidemic of distracted driving”. The secretary went on to say that the order “sends a very clear signal to the American public that distracted driving is dangerous and unacceptable.” Now if only the general public would begin to see how dangerous this kind of behavior really is. At our Orlando personal injury law firm, we often see clients who were in an automobile accident because a distracted driver was talking on a cell phone or texting. These distracted drivers cause crashes that lead to life-long injuries or even death. No text message is worth that kind of risk. For more information about the summit, please visit DOT’s website on the summit.