No Texting for U.S. Bus, Truck Drivers
Posted on Jan 26, 2010
Apparently America’s truck drivers aren’t immune to the siren call of text messaging from time to time, as Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has had to specifically address the driving and texting issue among truckers and bus drivers with a new prohibition on the practice. —KA
AFP via Google News:
“I’ve directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to use its existing authority to prohibit commercial truck and bus drivers from texting while driving, using any handheld cellphone or other device that takes a driver’s attention off the road,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
“Today, we’re sending a strong message: we don’t merely expect you to share the road responsibly with other travellers—we require you to do so,” he said.
The ban takes effect immediately and affects inter-state truck drivers and commercial bus or van drivers who carry more than eight passengers.
Flickr / psiaki
Unlike toy trucks, a real one traveling at 55 mph can take more than 130 yards to come to a stop.