The thought of a commercial truck driver texting while driving is an alarming one. How about using a cell phone at all? Last month U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a final rule prohibiting hand-held cell phone use by commercial drivers while operating a commercial vehicle.
“When drivers of large trucks, buses and hazardous material take their eyes off the road for even a few seconds, the outcome can be deadly,” said LaHood.
The rule, announced on November 23, will result in fines of up to $2,750 per infraction for drivers, and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. To top it off, commercial companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000.
Around four million commercial drivers will be affected by this new rule.
The Moore Law Firm in Cincinnati, specializing in trucking accidents, discussed this rule when it was still in the works. Attorney Don Moore pointed out that such a rule could help reduce truck accidents. We agree, and hope the rule will have the intended effect.
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