The DOT has decided that it’s time to do something about computer texting by commercial drivers and fleet drivers, so they’ve decided to do the only logical thing – ban it. In 2008 almost 6,000 people died in accidents where driver distractions played a factor in the collision, and that doesn’t count all the non-fatal accidents where drivers were distracted. This includes any and all auto transport drivers, because they are commercial drivers.
The US government has banned texting for commercial bus and truck drivers and violators are subject to severe criminal and civil penalties of over $2,700 in some cases. The largest problem is that many times officers of the law can’t see into the cab of the commercial trucks, so actually catching law-breakers is going to be difficult.
But here’s the thing – if something is illegal, people for the most part don’t mess with it. It’s the same idea with the speed signs that flash if you’re over the speed limit: even if no one is going to catch you speeding, the fact that you know you’re speeding is enough to stop you from doing it. They’re hoping that this new ban will help, and we’re confident that it will.