The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has officially banned commercial drivers from texting while driving. On Tuesday, January 26, the USDOT announced that the ban is effective immediately.
The ban applies to drivers of buses and trucks over 10,000 lbs and those who do not comply could face criminal penalties of up to $2,750.
A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) study released in 2009, showed that drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to get into a crash. There is no question that texting while driving is dangerous.
So what’s next?
It could be a nationwide ban for all drivers. Nineteen states have already outlawed the practice for all drivers, and 10 other states have restrictions for new drivers.