In yet another crackdown on drivers' cell phone practices, the U.S. government today banned texting by drivers of large commercial trucks and buses in an effort to stem the growing tide of distracted driving. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced in a statement that the ban takes effect immediately. It follows a similar ban in December for drivers of federal government vehicles.

"We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe," LaHood said. "This is an important safety step and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving."

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