DOT Bans Texting By Truckers

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The Department of Transportation announced new rules prohibiting interstate commercial truckers from sending text messages while driving big rigs. Truckers and bus drivers who violate the rules face a civil, or possibly criminal, fine. The Department of Transportation is commendably taking aim at reducing the instance of distracted driving. The DOT is working on additional regulations to regulate other multi-tasking while driving, such as using on board computers and talking on cell phones.

Research shows that drivers who text take their eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds. In five seconds, a driver can drive the length of a football field at highway speed. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has conducted research that shows that texting truckers are 23 times more likely to get into a crash than truckers who aren’t texting while driving.

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