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DoD Prohibits Text Messaging and Hand-held Cell Phones While Driving

DoD implemented the Executive Order 13513 prohibition on text messaging while driving. DoD policy now prohibits driving while: text messaging, using hand-held cell phones, or using other hand-held electronic devices:
– while on official Government business, or – while using Government-supplied devices, whether driving a government or personal vehicle (e.g., a DoD-issued Blackberry). Use of headsets and other hands-free devices is permitted, but not recommended. Recent research indicates the likelihood of crashing is equal for both hand-held and hands-free communication because the conversation pulls attention away from the driving task.