A final rule was announced on November 23 concerning the use of cell phones by commercial truck and bus drivers that will hopefully save a significant number of lives.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that interstate truck and bus drivers are now prohibited from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. This is a joint rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and is the latest in attempts by the DOT to end distracted driving.
On the rule, LaHood said, “When drivers of large trucks, buses and hazardous materials take their eyes off the road for even a few seconds, the outcome can be deadly. I hope that this rule will save lives by helping commercial drivers stay laser-focused on safety at all times while behind the wheel.”
According to the rule, commercial drivers will no longer be allowed to use hand-held mobile telephones while operating a commercial truck or bus. A driver who violates the rule will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each infraction, and disqualification of their commercial license for repeated offenses.
Cincinnati-based The Moore Law Firm, which specializes in truck accidents, discussed this topic when it was still in the works. Attorney Don Moore correctly points out the reduction in truck accident fatalities that such a regulation could accomplish. We hope it works as intended.
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