Texting While Driving Illegal For Truckers
This January, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a new ban on texting while driving for drivers of tractor trailers and large commercial buses. Those drivers can no longer send or receive text messages legally while driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says texting distracts the average driver for 4.6 seconds of every 6 seconds when texting. This would mean that a truck driver traveling at a speed of 55 mph would travel 100 yards while looking at their cell phone. Drivers of big rigs can now be fined up to $ 2,750 for violations of this new law.