It’s illegal. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a blanket ban on commercial drivers using a hand-held cellular phone or texting while driving.
It’s unsafe. Truck drivers are 23x more likely to crash if they are texting.
And a number of trucking carriers claim that texting and driving is grounds for a driver’s immediate dismissal.
So why are these truckers still texting and driving?
It’s shocking to hear that truckers are so blatantly disregarding the law, their safety, and, most importantly, the safety of everyone else on the road.
The rule imposes sanctions for driver offenses, including civil penalties of up to $2,750 and driver disqualification for multiple offenses
Federal rules are strict, but it’s the state’s responsibility to enforce them.
Fewer than 16,000 tickets were issued to commercial drivers last year for using cell phones. There are about 3.5 million truck drivers in the U.S.
States need to step up enforcement on those commercial drivers who are putting everyone on the road in danger.
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