Rule to Ban Handheld Cell Phone Use for Commercial Drivers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a rule that would prohibit commercial truck and bus drivers from talking on a handheld cell phone while driving. The proposed rule would penalize drivers caught violating the law up to $2750 for each offense and disqualification of their commercial driver’s license for multiple offenses. Motor carriers that allow their drivers to use handheld cell phones while driving would face a maximum penalty of $11,000. This is based on research stating that CMV drivers are three times more likely to be involved in an accident if they are reaching for an object, such as a cell phone.
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