U.S. Proposes Cell Phone Ban for Truck and Bus Drivers
March 1, 2012
The U.S. Government in late December proposed prohibiting commercial truck and bus drivers from using cell phones while behind the wheel.
The Transportation Department rule would affect approximately 4 million drivers, who are already banned by the government from texting while working.
Nearly 5,000 people were killed and another 500,000 were hurt in crashes of all vehicles involving a distracted driver in 2009, government safety figures show.
Inattention was a factor in 9 percent of large truck crashes, which fell overall in 2009 from the previous year. Most truck crashes involve collisions with other vehicles.
Fatal bus crashes jumped from 20 to 38 in 2009.
Between 6 percent and 13 percent of bus crashes were linked to inattention, according to a National Transportation Safety Board investigation of those types of accidents between 1998-2008.
Many big transport companies, like UPS, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., already prohibit drivers from using a cell phone while operating their trucks.
As Reported By Thomas Reuters