School Bus Group Wants Drivers to Hang up Their Cell Phones

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The school bus industry wants its drivers off
the phone.

The American School Bus Council plans to issue guidelines Tuesday calling for a ban on drivers using cell phones when the bus is moving or when students are getting on or off.

The group's co-director says research is clear that cell phones cause drivers to lose focus and he says the group doesn't want those distractions to be part of the school bus driver's environment.

At least a dozen states have laws or regulations prohibiting school bus drivers from talking on the phone.

The council's recommendation follows one from the National Transportation Safety Board, which says that all bus drivers should be banned from using cell phones while driving.

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