The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) has reported that truckers who text while driving are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in an accident than those who refrain from distracted driving. Semi trucks – with thousands of pounds in tow – can cause devastation and destruction when they're involved an accident.
Since January 2012, the FMCSA has outlawed the use of handheld electronic devices for truck drivers while in transit. This ruling accounted for commercial drivers with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 lbs. or more, stating:
Truck and bus companies that allow their employees to use hand-held devices while driving a commercial vehicle face a maximum penalty of $11,000.
September 2010: The FMCSA issues a regulation banning text messaging while operating a commercial bus or truck.
October 2010: The ban takes effect.
September 13, 2011: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determines that an Alabama truck driver was likely using his cell phone at the time of an accident that killed him and 10 others in Munfordville, Kentucky.
September 19, 2011: The NTSB recommends that commercial drivers be prohibited from using both hand-held and hands-free mobile devices. The Safety Board Chairman says, "Changing behavior can start right now, for drivers of big rigs, but also for the rest of us. When you are at the wheel, driving safely should be your only focus."
December 2011: The FMCSA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration publish a final rule banning the use of hand-held cell phones by CMV interstate truck drivers and intrastate HAZMAT truck drivers.
January 3, 2012: The rule takes effect.
According to the FMCSA:
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