The U.S. government has banned hand-held texting by drivers of large commercial trucks and buses to avoid the danger of distracted driving. The prohibition which took effect on January 26th, follows a similar ban in December for drivers of federal government vehicles. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood had this to say:
We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe. This is an important safety step and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving.
Research by trucking regulators show that drivers take their eyes off the road for much of the time that they send and receive text messages. As a result, they are significantly more at risk of getting into an accident than someone who is not texting. The National Safety Council, a research and advocacy group, estimates that 200,000 crashes of all types on U.S. roads are caused by drivers who are texting. Nearly two dozen states ban texting while driving for all motor vehicles, and others are considering similar action. Legislation has also been introduced in Congress to prohibit the practice. Many companies in the United States also ban texting by their employees while driving on the job. The new ban carries fines of up to $2,750.
Source: Insurance Journal
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