Truck & Bus Drivers Banned From Texting While Driving
Reports from yesterday spoke of a bus driver in Portland, Oregon, who was pictured reading his Amazon Kindle while driving a moving vehicle full of passengers. Accident waiting to happen? Last year alone, over 5,500 deaths were reported on roads and at least half a million injuries were caused by drivers at the wheel being distracted.
According to Chris at Autoblog, new laws have now been introduced banning commercial truck and bus drivers from texting while driving. In its latest “National Distracted Driving Summit”, The Department of Transportation (DoT) will not be focusing on teen drivers and commuters, but on those who drive trucks, buses, trains and drivers moving hazardous goods. It seems that some 1,600 companies will now be joining in with this latest ban which could potentially affect 10.5 million drivers.
In some states, police have already started to issue tickets against those who choose to use their mobile handset while driving, be it texting or talking. Law enforcement officers in Hartford, Connecticut issued at least 4,956 tickets, and in Syracuse, New York, police there have given out 4,446 cautions.
What are your thoughts on this recent ban? Do you fit into one of these sectors? Please feel free to leave your comments here at ONLY KENT. To check out more on this and to look at DoT’s press release, log onto Autoblog
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