Although it may be considered a small victory, it still will make our roads just a little bit safer as we commute nonetheless. The Department of Transportation plans to unveil new rules that will ban interstate commercial truckers and bus drivers from sending text messages while they are operating a moving vehicle. For those who violate the new rules, they will face some stiff penalties – seeing civil or criminal fines up to $2,750. Even at the extreme amount, we can see drivers becoming aware of the consequences if they break those new rules. Not only texting on a phone will be cracked down, but other devices like computers mounted on dashboards that are used to communicate with dispatchers will be sought out. It’s obvious from what we’ve witnessed with the horrors of distracted driving – this move is being praised by safety advocates; with the hopes of additional safety measures coming in the near future.
source: NY Times