Trucking Texting Restriction Encompasses Hazmat Drivers
At the 2010 nationwide Distracting Driving Summit hung on September 21, lawmakers introduced purposes to extend the laws banning vehicle drivers from sending out or receiving sms message on their cell phones while driving. The regulation currently includes truckers transporting hazardous materials.
Text-messaging while driving has actually been under examination throughout the country recently as state and also federal governments have actually punished distracted driving. Inning accordance with numerous recent research studies, distracted driving is one of the biggest sources of traffic crashes in the country, accounting for hundreds of deaths yearly. Some university research studies have even recommended that text-messaging while owning may be even more hazardous than driving while inebriateded.
Unsurprisingly, steps were taken by the Division of Transportation to avoid bus as well as truck motorists from texting while owning and text-messaging at the very same time - a ban which becomes official regulation at some point in October, 2010. The rule in addition restricts train conductors from running cell phones as well as other digital devices while on the job.
The brand-new guideline shuts a technicality that cannot prohibit the harmful cell-phone habits from hazardous-materials motorists. Inning accordance with Transportation Assistant Ray LaHood, the new rule will certainly go a long way towards making the trucking industry - and also roadways in general - more secure.