Department Of Transportation Bans Truckers From Using Cell Phones

Truckers are no longer allowed to use cell phones—or any other hand-held devices—while driving, effective January 2, 2012, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration. The US DoT passed the interstate legislation, which would fine individual drivers up to $2,750 for each offense and eventually risk losing their commercial vehicle license. Companies who fail to enforce the law can be fined up to $11,000.

“The purpose is to make sure that those drivers who hold a lot of people’s lives in their hands have their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel, and their head,” says Anne Ferro, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator.

Now that the rule is final, we can all agree that it is a step in the right direction.

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