A new rule has eliminated one of the great dangers on the roadway, the use of cell phones by truck drivers. Now I am not stating that car drivers should be allowed to use cell phones, nor am I saying that hands free phones are significantly safer. I am saying that this is a step in the right direction.  Further, since trucks are so much bigger than cars, the use of cell phones by truckers typically leads to greater tragedy than when a wreck simply involves two cars. A wreck between two cars is simply more survivable for the parties involved.

Distracted driving is something I have blogged about extensively and it is nice to see a step in the right direction. The announcement stated: 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a final rule specifically prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. The joint rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is the latest action by the U.S. Department of Transportation to end distracted driving.

You can find out more, HERE

  • greg

    We can still talk on a cb though, so this rule makes no sense at all. Can I use my ham radio, patch it through to my home? Still talking to the same people, so why is that not distracted driving? And why does the lady with the dog in her lap or putting her makeup on face a 2700 dollar fine? How about the guy yelling at his kids? Here is my idea — individual compartments in vehicles, all compartments soundproofed, no radios/tvs/phones allowed. All must wear fire suits, 5 point harnesses and helmets. If we want safety, lets go for it otherwise its just a joke!

  • Michele

    Although I will agree that a major wreck involving a CMV can lead to a greater tragedy, I do not agree that truck drivers are the major cause of “distracted Driving” accidents. In my commutes to work, I see more people trying to drink cofee and quite astonishingly READ THE MORNING PAPER in their car (not large truck) I have seen these drivers cut in front of the larger semi – assuming he could stop in time. I personally agree that fear mongering against large trucks is not going to help anything. However, instead, why don’t you blog baout how to drive around one. An 80K truck simply does not stop as quickly as a car. Wind and other weather conditions affect the truck – which would be out of the drivers control. Blind spots that cars like to get into while a truck is turning could also pose large problems. OH!! AND BANNING CELL PHONES FROM TEENAGERS IN CARS WOULD KEEP POUR CHILDREN ALIVE AS WELL! I didn’t notice you talk about that in your article – nor on your website.

  • Mark Jay Roberts

    I too agree there is not any difference from talking on the CB as opposed to talking on the phone. How about talking to the person next to you? are you going to take your power trip a step further and ban passengers? Texting and driving I can see banning. but, lets stop there shall we. Your “goody two shoes” attitude is over the top.