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NJ Pushes Conductor Texting Ban

Monday, January 26, 2009

A New Jersey Bill seeks to ban train conductors and bus drivers from text messaging or sending e-mails while their vehicles are moving. The bill is in response to the fatal Los Angeles train commuter crash that occurred last fall.

Only emergency electronic communication would be allowed under the bill, which is sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan of South Plainfield.

The operator of the California passenger train that collided with an oncoming freight train in September sent a text message 22 seconds before the crash that killed 25 people.

New Jersey already bans texting and talking on a hand-held cell phones while driving.

The proposal will be considered by the Assembly transportation committee today.

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