Among the forms of distracted driving is cell phone use. Theres a federal regulation that now clearly prohibits truck and bus drivers from using cell phones while behind the wheel. Lawsuit settlement could lead to more cellphone bans by trucking firms. Read more about distracted riving and employer liability. Texas drivers chatting on cell phones contributed to car accidents 126 of. Transportation secretary ray lahood was quoted as saying, every time a commercial truck or bus driver takes his or her eyes off the road to use a cell phone, even for a few seconds, the driver places everyone around them at risk. Feds weigh cell phone ban for bus, truck drivers digital. Some will not hire felons at all, while some will require a specific amount of time to have passed since the felony occurred. Drivers who use cell phones in their vehicles have a higher risk of collision than drivers who dont, whether holding the phone or using a handsfree device. Driver distraction increases your risk of getting into a crash. Lawsuit settlement could lead to more cellphone bans by. Txdot maintains a statewide automated database for all reported motor vehicle traffic crashes since 2003. Eighteenyearold jonathan weaver was killed in a headon collision by a driver who, according to the texas highway patrol accident report, may have been distracted by pornography playing on his.
In 2017, the texas legislature passed a statewide ban on using a wireless communications device for electronic messaging while operating a motor vehicle. Are truck drivers breaking the law if they use hands free devices. Dot rule prohibits use of cell phones by commercial. Washington, dcmarketwire dec, 2011 the distracted driving safety alliance ddsa general counsel marcanthony signorino issued the following statement commenting on the national traffic safety boards ntsb recommendation for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text messaging devices while driving the ntsbs recommendation to ban the nonemergency use of. Rules for employers to con sider incorporating into an employee cell phone use policy. Dot proposed another rule to ban handheld cell phone use for commercial truck and bus drivers. Further, 46 states have already implemented statewide bans on operating cell phones while driving. And in texas, there is no law prohibiting the use of a smart phone device while driving, as of the date of this posting. Ap a city council in virginia unanimously passed an ordinance monday night to fine people caught using handheld devices while driving.
When drivers of large trucks, buses and hazardous materials take. Jun 15, 2018 in texas alone, more than 90 cities have adopted cellphone ordinances above and beyond the texas statewide bans on texting for all drivers and cellphone use for bus drivers and drivers under 18. The sample cell phone policy from the national safety council, which can be downloaded by clicking the link or image, requires that all employees sign and comply with a cell phone ban. Will texas finally ban cell phone use while driving. The rule encompasses both truck and bus drivers and, along with individual drivers, will punish companies that allow drivers. Additionally, the use of handheld cell phones is not allowed under state law for drivers. Taking your hand off the wheel and onto a cell phone puts you and other drivers at risk. In its strongest recommendation to date, the national transportation safety board called for a nationwide ban on the use of personal electronic devices by any and all drivers.
This chart details state cellular phone use and texting while driving laws. Moot point the fcc was holding hearings with phone makers about disbaling them when gps senses movement. Virginia city passes ban on using cell phones while driving. Drivers use cbs, they eat, they drink, they talk to their co drivers, they look at navigation systems. Steep penalties for truckers and commercial drivers who. Dec 03, 2011 additionally, states will suspend a drivers commercial drivers license after two or more serious traffic violations. Even though texas does not prohibit texting and driving, operators of commercial vehicles need to be more cognizant of regulations under the federal motor carrier safety administration fmcsa.
Heartland community college offers truck driver cdl training with classroom, behindthewheel and yard training to help prepare you for a professional driving career. For those under 18 years of age, texas law already bans all cell phone use while driving, including handsfree, except in the case of emergencies. Individuals who drive while sending or reading text messages are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than other drivers. Further, the driver can be disqualified for multiple violations.
As of 2010, 14 states have banned the use of cell phones while driving. Drivers of all kinds of vehicles, including semi tractor trailers, have been known to do this. Research commissioned by fmcsa shows the odds of being involved in a safetycritical event e. Louisiana collection december 2008 helper tried to jump on step of backing truck. In 2012, the federal motor carrier safety administration fmcsa passed a law banning commercial motor vehicle cmv drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. What new truck drivers need to know about finding truck driving jobs with felonies. Ban drivers use of cell phones while the vehicle is in motion, whether an employee is using a companyowned. The american trucking associations is neutral on a ban on cell phone use by truck drivers until they see the wording of a proposal, but we think cell phones and other electronic equipment. Texas banned texting while driving last year, joining 46 other states. Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving. Although texas does not have any statewide texting and driving laws banning the practice, the federal motor carrier safety administration fmcsa has a federal ban on this dangerous act for truck drivers. Get your hands off the cell phone and back on the wheel, one senator says. Heartland community college cdl truck driving school. Apr 04, 2017 i think the accident over the weekend in texas where a truck driver was texting and caused an accident killing is an example of why we need to do more to curb distracted driving, said lee.
Trucking company bans cellphone use while driving, others. Jan, 2017 it is also illegal for those drivers to use handheld cell phones while driving. Illinois statutes were since amended to be in compliance with the motor carrier safety regulations law that prohibits texting and cell phone use by commercial motor vehicle drivers. Jul 24, 2019 a total employer cell phone ban covers. Cell phone ordinances texas department of transportation. Video shows truck driver on phone before fatal crash youtube. Federal investigators have said the driver of a pickup truck that hit the. Some states bans are for only certain types of drivers, such as bus drivers. Are there any laws in texas that prohibit cell phone use or texting. Drivers who use cell phones in their vehicles have a higher risk of collision.
Its a shame that one state through which mike drove some time back felt compelled to tell drivers the obvious. The dangers of cell phone use while driving texas truck. Truckingtruth was founded by brett aquila thats me. Wyoming maintenance december 2009 mechanic testing truck did not put on safety belt. For most texas drivers, there are no restrictions on using a phone to make or receive a call while driving. In texas, only drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using cell phones.
Apr 09, 2017 recently the driver of a large pickup truck in the texas hill country slammed headon into a church bus, killing 12 senior citizens and their driver who were coming back from a church retreat. Texas appears to be lagging behind the other states with regards to protecting its motorists from the clearly documented dangers of cell. It is unfortunate that the state of texas has decided not to legislate similar bans on cell phone use while driving. Feb 05, 2018 is arizona finally ready to ban texting while driving. Driver distraction is the diversion of attention from activities critical for safe driving to a competing activity. Its also time for the fmsca to update the cell phone ban for drivers of commercial motor vehicles to include handsfree devices. Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using wireless communications devices. The fmcsa banned commercial truck and bus drivers from texting while driving in september 2010 and later banned all handheld cell phone use in november 2011. Here are a few examples of policies you can draw from to address employee cell phone use while driving. Regulations against cell phone use by commercial drivers reed. While not all states have laws banning cell phone use behind the wheel, the new rule makes it illegal for any commercial driver to use their device while actively on the job driving. Until recently, texas law only prohibited cell phone use for drivers under. The department is required to withdraw a persons driver license or driving privilege for specific violations and convictions.
Are truck drivers breaking the law if they use hands free. You also want to know which other states and cities have restricted the use of cell phones while driving. Although texas has no statewide ban on the use of cell phones. Creating a policy for employee cell phone use while driving. Beginning on tuesday, drivers of buses or large commercial trucks are being banned from texting or using a handheld cell phones while driving. Texas family files lawsuit after teen killed by distracted. The truck driver was talking on his phone at the time of the crash and unifi, as a result of the case, has agreed to ban. Safe transportation and the safe carrying of goods so vital to our nation can be accomplished without truck drivers needing to take their eyes off the road to deal with their smart phone. States also have the ability to suspend a driver s commercial driver s license after two or more violations. It drives me nuts when i see other truck drivers going down the highway at 65 mph with one had on the wheel and the other on a phone or tablet.
States with laws that restrict windshield mounting location. Virginia city passes ban on using cell phones while driving december 10, 2019 gmt richmond, va. Due to the increase in cell phone use, the texas legislature passed a law in 2017 that placed a statewide ban on the use of cell phones for reading or writing text messages or emails while driving. Safetycritical events can include crashes or nearcrashes, or inadvertent lanechanges, etc. Elissa schee, margays mother, was in tears during the conference call, as she relayed her. When i file suit in these 18 wheeler cases, i subpoena the driver s call logs from the cell phone carrier to prove that he was talking instead of caring. The fmcsa banned the use of cell phones for truck drivers while the truck is in motion. The fmcsa banned the use of handheld cell phones by drivers. The driver of a pickup truck admitted to checking for a text message. A new federal law banning the use of handheld phones by commercial vehicle drivers goes into effect today. Under federal truck laws for texting and driving, truck drivers are prohibited from using mobile phones, holding a mobile phone at the wheel, or even reaching for a cell phone to make or receive a call by dialing or pressing more than a single button on the keypad. Is arizona finally ready to ban texting and driving.
Jan 20, 2014 for the driver and the cable company, this was only the beginning of the story. Fines for commercial motor vehicles are substantially higher than those involving regular drivers in texas. The truck driver in this lawsuit was using his cell phone at the time of the crash, leading the trucking company to ban all cell phone use. If a commercial truck driver uses a handheld cell phone or texts while driving and. Reaching for a mobile phone in a manner that requires a driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated driving position, restrained by a seat belt. The truck driver was talking on his phone at the time of the crash and unifi, as a result of the case, has agreed to ban its drivers from using the devices while their trucks are on the road. Xata turnpike, xatas mobilebased product, links the drivers cell phone via bluetooth to the rest of the truck to offer streaming data and backoffice connection. Recognizing the danger of truck driver cell phone use. After 15 years on the road i wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. Distractions can come from both inside and outside of your truck cab. Banning cell phone use by commercial truck operators sound.
Safety administration law and liable for any injuries caused by its drivers. Although texas has no statewide law banning the use of cell phones while driving. Texas does not have a statewide ban on cell phone use. In 2017, the texas legislature passed a statewide ban on using a wireless communications device for electronic messaging while operating a. A bill passed by the texas legislature will outlaw using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle as of 1 september 2003. Truckers on cell phones texas truck accident attorney. Texas truck accidents caused by distracted driving the hart law.
Suspension notification texas department of public safety. Jun 06, 2017 texas governor signs textingwhiledriving ban into law. Austin, tx while theres no statewide law prohibiting handheld cell phone use while driving, you might find yourself with a big fine if you do it now in two big texas cities. Employer liability handsfree laws have done little to protect employers from liability and as the trend of cellphone legislation increases, employers should be prepared to address their mobile workforce and advise them of the cellular phone laws that are in effect in your state or locality. Texas again considers driver cell phone limits w video. Drivers who use cell phones in their vehicle have a higher risk of collision than drivers who dont. Jan 17, 2015 drivers talking on handheld or handsfree cell phones are four times as likely to be involved in a car crash. Advocates file petition for cell phone ban among truckers. We understand that this verdict is a response to a plea from plaintiffs counsel to the jury to ban all cell phone use while driving. Previously, illinois law prohibited texting while driving for all vehicles, but cell phones were permitted. Fmcsa has published new rules that restrict texting and the use of handheld mobile phones by truck and bus drivers while operating a commercial motor vehicle cmv. Dozens of texas cities already ban texting while driving. Tractortrailer drivers banned from cell phone use to prevent truck and auto accidents february 8, 2012 a new law has recently gone into effect that may help you worry a bit less the next time you find yourself driving next to a tractortrailer on a highway. Comments from the public during the proposed rulemaking in the months after fmcsa issued its notice of proposed rulemaking nprm in february 2011, it.
However, the texas department of transportation txdot does encourage drivers to pull over if they. Before the rule was in place, commercial drivers could legally use their device in states where there was no ban. Thirteen states prohibit all drivers from using cellphones, and 37 states including texas have bans on phone use by teen. Ban on all cell phone use handheld and handsfree for bus drivers, ban on all cell phone use handheld and handsfree for novice drivers drivers under age 19, ban on texting for drivers of all ages, bans the use of cellphones while driving in a school zone or in a highway construction zone, handheld ban for drivers of all ages. The law prohibits the use of handheld cell phones while driving even while stopped in traffic within the amarillo city limits. Charles wilmer, whose colleague died in a distracted driving incident, helped pass georgias handheld phone ban in 2018 after which driving deaths in the state dropped for the first time. Texas handsfree driving laws aim to prevent distracted driving. There are now driving safety changes in the works, specifically concerning the usage of cell phones on the road. Jul 29, 2009 senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving.
Greg abbott on tuesday signed into law a measure that bans texting while driving across the state, effective sept. Cell phone ban while driving, pennsylvania carpey law. The majority of this age group is not covered by the texas ban on cell phone use. Additional federal regulations were passed a year later, in 20, to limit both truck sizes and driving time to make roads safer, but many of those regulations have since been suspended. The minnesota state patrol has mounted a passionate offensive against distracted driving after a wisconsin man was killed by a truck driver. May 29, 2019 the prevalence of cellular phones, new research, and publicized crashes has started many debates related to the role cellphones play in driver distraction. Again, while there is no federal law prohibiting cell phone use while driving, there are.
The proposed legislation would prohibit any driver from. Boy, 18, killed by truck driver who was watching porn. If a truck driver causes an accident while being distracted by a cell phone, the drivers employer can be held liable. Reaching for a cellphone in a way that results in the trucker not remaining upright while driving. Fines and penalties using a handheld mobile phone while driving a cmv can result in driver disqualification. Are suction cup windshield mounts legal in your state. Cell phone use while driving a semi tractor trailer. Banning cell phone use by commercial truck operators. Starting in 2012, all interstate truck and bus drivers were banned by federal law from any handheld cell phone use while behind the wheel. The state of texas has been hesitant to adopt a statewide texting and driving law, but two major texas cities have stepped forward to make their streets safer. Theres nothing more important than the safety of yourself and others, that phone call can wait, said nda.
Cell phone use continue to be a hot topic for the trucking industry. The disadvantages of cell phones while driving it still runs. Cell phone distracted driving policy template to protect your. Boy, 18, killed by truck driver who was watching porn on. Tractortrailer drivers banned from cell phone use to. Cocacola refreshments cell phone policy, which requires the use of a handsfree device when operating a motor vehicle, is completely consistent with, and in fact, exceeds the requirements of texas law. The fmcsa has issued specific rules for cdl drivers regarding texting and cell phone use studies have shown truck drivers to be at much higher risk of safetycritical events while using handheld electronic devices. Cell phone policy for cdl drivers explained cdl training. Texas family files lawsuit after teen killed by distracted driver watching porn, mother says cbs news share or comment on this article. Drivers with learners permits are prohibited from using handheld cell phones in the first six months of driving. According to a november 23, 2011 press release regarding the cell phone ban from the u. Texting while driving laws 2020 comedy defensive driving. Ban drivers use of cell phones while the vehicle is.
You asked for summaries of legislation introduced this year hb 5553 to ban the use of cell phones while driving and last session s distracted driving bill sb 441. Perhaps to combat this widespread ignorance of the ban on cell phones for truck drivers, the fmcsa has now released steep penalties for commercial motor vehicle drivers who text and use their cell phones while behind the wheel. Texas governor signs textingwhiledriving ban into law. If texas were to pass a bill that would ban texting while driving, texas would join 39 other states and the district of columbia in banning texting and driving for all drivers, according to the insurance institute for highway safety. People talking on cell phones while driving are involved in 21% of all traffic crashes in the u. Often, it is only after an accident, that the use of a cell phone by the trucker is discovered when the truck wreck lawyer subpoenas the cell phone. Jun 06, 2017 texas will become one of the last states to adopt some kind of texting while driving ban when the law takes effect sept. Nearly every trucking company will have different policies regarding the hiring of felons. Cell phone ban for commercial vehicle drivers takes effect today 1412. In fact, 95 cities across texas have made it a misdemeanor to use a cell phone while operating a vehicle. A crash typically happens within an average of three seconds after a driver is distracted. Nationwide cell phone ban would apply to all drivers. Illinois cell phone ban for truck drivers in effect.
The final rule, which officially prohibits interstate truck drivers from using cell phones during the operation of their vehicles, comes from both the federal motor carrier safety administration fmcsa and the pipeline and hazardous materials safety administration phmsa divisions and is the latest attempt by the dot to end distracted driving. Has texas banned the use of cell phones by drivers. What are the laws regarding phone use while driving for truckers. Cell phone use while driving now illegal in two major. I have represented too many people who have been injured as a result of truck drivers either talking on cell phones or texting while driving while hurling down our roads in big rigs. There are a handful of states in which suction cup windshield mounts are legal, but the law states specific requirements on where the gps unit or smartphone can be mounted on the windshield.
Texting while driving ban coming to texas mas law firm. Ban cellphone texting driving in texas says distracted. Prepare to put down your phones while youre driving. Recently, the pennsylvania house has passed a bill that aims to ban the use of cell phones and all hand held devices for drivers. Texas senator proposes statewide handsfree cell phone law.
Will arizona wait for tragedy, as texas did, to do the same thing. States also have the ability to suspend a drivers commercial drivers license after two or more violations. Of course, you dont have to have hearing to be able to drive, but limiting your senses especially when youre not used to being without your. In addition, handsfree devices do not eliminate the danger of cell phone use during driving. So that means truckers and bus drivers, even on local roads, arent supposed to be using their cell phones while driving. Truck driver distractions and the new cell phone ban. Cell phone use while driving now illegal in two major texas. Schneider supports the fmcsa ban on texting by commercial motor vehicle truck drivers while they are driving. For example, in 47 states, all drivers, including cdl drivers, are banned from text messaging while a car is in motion, while 20 states have banned all cell phone use by school bus drivers. Jun 28, 2018 driving with headphones is not a good idea.1115 531 334 1530 1473 612 587 1178 1222 516 58 933 120 1055 402 180 436 876 357 1275 564 1387 92 1192 557 1331 1034 473 879 638