According to autoblog.com, the U.S. Department of Transportation has made it a crime for inter-state truck drivers and drivers of coaches carrying more than eight passengers to text or use handheld cell phones while driving. The penalty for being caught doing so is a fine of up to $2,750.
Last year a study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that when the truckers texted, their collision risk was 23 times greater than when not texting. The study also measured the time drivers took their eyes from the road to send or receive texts. According to the study, in the moments before a crash or near crash, drivers typically spent nearly five seconds looking at their devices — enough time at typical highway speeds to cover more than the length of a football field.
The lawyers at McIntyre Law are pleased that the U.S. Department of Transportation has implemented this long needed rule. Texting while driving is indicative of a systemic problem on our highways. Not only does the time texting take away from attention on the roadway, but the time spent looking at your phone to see if a response text has been sent also causes inattentiveness.