Wednesday, 21 September 2011

NTSB Increases Pressure for Cell Phone Ban on Commercial Drivers

A complete ban on the use of any kind of cell phones by commercial truck and bus drivers, as Los Angeles truck accident lawyers have been calling for, could soon be a reality. The National Transportation Safety Board is intensifying its calls for a complete ban on cell phone use while driving for all commercial truck and bus drivers.

The Board’s pressure is clear in its investigative report into a traffic accident in 2010 in Kentucky that killed eleven people. In that accident, the National Transportation Safety Board found that cell phone use by a truck driver had been a major contributing factor in the crash. The driver had been using a cell phone device while driving. His cell phone records showed that he had used his cell phone to make phone calls and send text messages at least sixty-nine times in the 24 hours before the deadly crash. In fact, at the very minute that his truck veered across the median and crashed into a minivan, the driver was busy on a call. The driver and ten people in the minivan were killed in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board is basing its call for cell phone bans for all commercial truck and bus drivers on this very preventable disaster. As the National Transportation Safety Board notes, distracted driving by a motorist is bad enough, but when it is the driver of a vehicle that weighs up to 40 tons and is traveling at highway speeds, such behavior is even more dangerous.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s proposed ban would include both hand held cell phones as well as hands-free sets. The trucking industry has been ambiguous in its response to this call. The American Trucking Association says that it is in favor of a ban on the use of handheld cell phones for commercial truck and bus drivers, but does not believe that hands-free sets should be included in this ban.

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