New Rules Prohibit Commercial Drivers From Using Hand-Held Mobile Devices

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In September, we discussed the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation that commercial truck drivers be banned from using mobile devices while driving on the job. The recommendation was made, in part, due to an accident that occurred in Kentucky where “a trucker who was believed to have been talking on his cell phone at the time of the accident, crossed the left lane of Interstate 65, crossed a 65 foot wide median, drove through a cable barrier system, entered the opposite lane of traffic, and collided head on with a van carrying 12 people, killing 10 people.”

The NTSB’s call to action had no teeth, however, since it doesn’t have the ability to enforce rules that it promulgates. As we noted, it was up to the individual states other agencies to pass regulations that could be enforced.

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