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November 02, 2009 12:00 AM
MoDOT Bans Employees from Texting While Operating Agency Vehicles

JEFFERSON CITY - A new Missouri Department of Transportation policy reinforces the agency's commitment to safe travel.

Effective Nov. 1, texting is prohibited by MoDOT employees while operating department vehicles and equipment. The rule also applies to texting while driving a personal vehicle when performing department business.

"We're sending a clear message that employee safety is a top priority. MoDOT has great employees, but putting themselves and the traveling public at risk from texting while driving will not be tolerated," said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn.

A state law is already in effect prohibiting those 21 and under from texting while driving. MoDOT's policy goes a step further, applying to all employees while operating vehicles or large equipment.

The penalty depends on the facts of the incident or whether an employee has received prior disciplinary actions.

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