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NTSB Bans Texting and Talking for Employees while Driving

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The federal agency that investigates transportation related accidents, the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) has announced today that they are instituting a ban on all texting and talking on cellphones by their employees while driving.

This was a bold move announced by the new chairman of the NTSB, Deborah Hersman, during her swearing in ceremony and will make the NTSB the only government agency with such a policy.

Hersman told several hundred employees and guests at a ceremony, where she was sworn in as chairman, that she was as hooked on her Blackberry as the next person.  Nevertheless, she said the “risk of catastrophic consequences is too great” to use wireless devices while driving.

The ban applies to all employees of the NTSB that are driving on official government business and even to those that are driving their privately owned vehicles but have a government issued cellphone.

Although I am a strong opponent to any law that restricts an individuals right to do whatever they please in their own car or home, I do support a companies right to institute a ban of this nature on it’s employees.

For more illumination on my feelings regarding texting and driving, see my article titled, “The Government will save Us from Ourselves!“.

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Daniel Black is the President and CEO of MobiMadness, Inc. Over the last 4 decades Dan has been an IT Director, Project Manager, Firefighter, EMT, and Army Staff Sergeant (retired).

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