WASHINGTON - The federal safety agency that investigates transportation accidents is banning texting and talking on cell phones by its employees while driving on government business.
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Tuesday she's adopting the policy because she wants her agency to follow the same safety practices it recommends for others.
Officials at the board said they were unaware of another U.S. agency with a similar policy.
Hersman has been a member of the board for five years and was nominated for the chairmanship by President Barack Obama.
The NTSB's 400 employees will no longer be able to text or talk on cell phones while driving during work hours nor while driving during their off-hours if they're using a government-issued wireless device. The policy will apply to board members as well.
Studies show that driver cell phone use and texting can be deadly.