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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Can Employers Prohibit Texting While Driving??

CCH Workday ran an interesting Feb. 24, 2010 article on  restrictions on employee texting. President Obama, who issued an Executive Order on October 1, 2009, which directed federal employees not to engage in text-messaging while driving government-owned vehicles, when using electronic equipment. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with some safety and industry organization, prepared a sample state law, which is to be used as an aid by state legislators in putting together laws to ban texting while operating an automobile. Currently, however, there is not much specific legislation. However, I fail to understand why special legislation is necessary. Would not existing negligence laws cover this behavior??

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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