A part of their campaign to end distracted driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has recently proposed a ban that will prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones by drivers of tractor trailers and buses. The DOT hopes that this ban will lessen the occurrence of tractor trailer crashes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and throughout the nation.
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The proposed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rule would not only prohibit truck drivers from talking on a cellular phone while driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), but will also prohibit them from reaching for, dialing, or even holding a cellular phone while operating a CMV. If a driver is found to be in violation of the rule, he could be fined up to $2,750 for each offense and could face the suspension of his commercial driver’s license for multiple offenses.
While this ban prohibits the use of hand-held cell phones, it does not prohibit is the use of hands-free cell phone devices, such as Bluetooth earpieces. While this has been argued to be a safer alternative, the use of hands-free devices still takes the trucker’s focus away from the task at hand.
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