New US rule would ban texting for hazmat trucking

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WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking to prohibit truck drivers from sending text messages on their mobile phones while transporting hazardous materials, the Transportation Department announced on Tuesday. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has launched a crusade to end what he calls "distracted driving," which includes using cell phones while behind the wheel of a car. In 2009, 5,500 people died and half a million were injured in car crashes involving a ...

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