US Transportation Department Mulling Over Mobile Phone Ban On Trucks, Buses
The US Government is mulling over a plan to ban commercial truck and bus drivers from using cellphones while driving. A proposal mooted by the Government on Friday against distracted driving, if approved could affect almost 4 million drivers. These drivers are already banned from sending texts whilst on the wheel.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is behind the new proposal which according to many is a campaign against distracted driving.
“Every time a commercial truck or bus driver takes his or her eyes off the road to use a cellphone, even for a few seconds, the driver places everyone around them at risk,” LaHood said in a statement.
According to Reuters;
In just the US, almost 5,000 people were killed and another 500,000 were hurt in crashes of all vehicles involving a distracted driver in 2009, government safety figures show.
Inattention was a factor in 9 percent of large truck crashes, which fell overall in 2009 from the previous year. Most truck crashes involve collisions with other vehicles.
Fatal bus crashes jumped from 20 to 38 in 2009.
According to data from the US National Transportation Safety Board, almost 6 to 13 5 of bus crashes were linked to inattention.
The proposal for the ban has not been authorized yet and it has been subjected to a 60 day comment period where the proposal would either be accepted or rejected.
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