I will give a little more insight into the reasons for the NTSB wanting to ban cell phone use by truckers. Safety investigators firmly believe that the U.S. government should ban truckers from using cellphones while driving except in emergencies. Deborah Hersman, who chairs the NTSB, had this to say:
Distracted driving is becoming increasingly prevalent, exacerbating the danger we encounter daily on our roadways. It can be especially lethal when the distracted driver is at the wheel of a vehicle that weighs 40 tons and travels at highway speeds.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has campaigned against distracted driving and last year his agency banned commercial truckers from sending text messages while at the wheel. Transportation regulators have also proposed prohibiting hand-held cellphone use by truckers, and the NTSB recommendation is seen as an important endorsement. While trucking groups support texting and cellphone bans, they don’t support any prohibition of hands-free devices. Currently, more than half of the 50 U.S. states ban texting while driving, but far fewer outlaw cellphone use. I believe cellphone use should be banned by drivers not only of commercial vehicles, but also of all other vehicles on our highways.
Source: Insurance Journal
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