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Verizon Wireless Supports Federal Legislation To Ban Texting And E-Mailing While Driving

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July 28, 2009

Jeffrey Nelson
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BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Today, legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would effectively ban texting and e-mailing while driving. The proposed legislation, called the ALERT Act, was introduced by U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Hagan (D-NC).

Verizon Wireless vice president and general counsel Steven E. Zipperstein made the following statement:

"We support federal legislation to ban texting and e-mailing while driving. This approach is a logical extension of our previous breaks with other wireless companies to support state-wide legislation banning texting and e-mailing while driving. We applaud Senator Schumer and the Senate sponsors for their leadership."

Verizon Wireless broke from the rest of its competitors in the U.S. wireless industry by supporting state-wide hands-free driving laws as early as 2000. Since then, Verizon Wireless has been the only wireless company supporting bans on texting and e-mailing while driving.

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