The chorus against the use of mobile communications devices while driving is growing louder, with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood among the most prominent voices.

Last month, LaHood announced federal guidance to expressly prohibit text messaging by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large trucks and buses. Truck and bus drivers running afoul of the new regulations would be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750. “We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe,” he said in a statement. “This is an important safety step and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving.”

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