This year, a federal law went into effect that bans big rig drivers from using handheld telephones while driving. The intent of the law is to prevent car accidents caused by distracted driving, an issue that is especially dangerous for large vehicles like commercial trucks.
The law bans text messaging, taking telephone calls without a headset, and even holding a cell phone while behind the wheel of a truck. Truck drivers can use Bluetooth and other hands-free devices to take calls, but even push-to-talk forms of call receiving are banned. If a driver is pulled over for using a cell phone, he or she could face up to a $2750 fine, and the company could be fined $11,000. The new law follows the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recommendation that all cell phone use while driving should be banned.