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Asked by Anonymous

Has legilation been enacted to ban use of cell phones while driving trucks

Yesterday, the National Transportation Safety Board unanimously voted to ban the use of portable electronic devices while driving, except in emergency situations, for all drivers. The National Transportation Safety Board can make recommendations, but cannot pass laws. Each state is responsible for passing its own laws about distracted driving.

Nine states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands already prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. Find our if your state has a distracted driving law.

If long drives to visit family are part of your holiday season, check this map for road closures and traffic conditions.

Faces of Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is a serious problem. In 2009, it killed nearly 5,500 people and injured 500,000 more.

The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to end this dangerous practice on our nation’s roadways. If you have a story about distracted driving, please share it at distraction.gov and maybe it will make someone think twice.

Share your distracted driving story.

Video Transcript

WOMAN’S VOICE: I couldn’t believe this happened to our family.

WOMAN’S VOICE: Why aren’t people screaming from the rooftops that this is dangerous?

GIRL’S VOICE: Because someone made one stupid mistake, I’m an only child.

MALE VOICE: I said, you’ve got to stop this. You’re going to have a wreck.

[phone ringing]

[Music]

How To Safely Drive Near School Buses

After a summer of driving without school buses, these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help you drive safely near school buses and bus stops.

Stay alert

Watch for children walking in the street and playing near bus stops. Kids may dart into the street if they are late to catch the bus.

Watch the bus for flashing lights or signals

Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop. You should slow down and also prepare to stop.

Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm mean children are getting on or off the bus. Stop and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before you start driving again.

Learn more about how to stay safe around school buses.

There is a national effort to enforce drunk driving laws over this holiday weekend. Get the facts and learn the risks.