On January 26th U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that effective immediately commercial truckers and bus drivers are prohibited from sending texts while operating a vehicle.   This stand comes after a number of studies have identified texting and cell phone usage while operating a vehicle has contributed to many accidents and deaths. 

The decision is based on an existing Federal Regulation that focuses on driver distraction.  A $2750 fine. 

There has been an increased focus on distracted driving from both the commercial as well as civilian population.  Oprah has highlighted it on her talk show, a number of states have banned the use of cell phones and texting while driving and a significant PR push has been put into place to curb this issue.

If your organization owns a fleet, be sure your drivers are complying with the regulations.  Being caught has greater ramifications than just the fine.  It could affect your insurance premiums, on time delivery, operating authority, and reputation.

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