Texting while Trucking Banned
Published on by Noah Paul Fardo
The U.S. Transportation Secretary announced an immediate ban on text-messaging for truck drivers and bus drivers.
Drivers who are texting while driving are 20 more times likely to get into an accident than nondistracted drivers. What’s worse is the government’s research indicated that at 55 mph, a driver who texts on average travels a football field (endzones included) without looking at the road. The federal announcement followed a Virginia Tech study released in July that when truckers text, the odds of creating an accident increase 23 times.
Skeptics argue that the ban is almost impossible to enforce, but all seem to agree that it is necessary for safety. Efforts to ban all cellphone while driving use are expected in the future. Accidents because of distracted drivers is still a primary cause of accidents that kills of thousands of Americans every year.