An article recently published by Insure4USA.com highlights the reasons why a new federal law that came into effect on January 1, 2012, prohibits bus and truck drivers from using cell phones while driving.
Online PR News – 28-June-2012 – Columbus/OH – One of the major causes of road accidents today which many compare as dangerous as DUI or driving under influence is the use of mobile cell phones. This includes bus and truck drivers who may be tempted to text, dial, or answer a call while at the wheel. An article recently published by Insure4USA.com, one of the leading online insurance services, highlights the reasons why a new federal law that came into effect on January 1, 2012, prohibits bus and truck drivers from using cell phones while driving. David Mortel, Manager of Insure4USA.com said, “Everyone welcomes the new law that aims at keeping roadways safer. Cell phones have been a major cause for numerous accidents since drivers are distracted. One small mistake can result in fatalities, which is why the US government has stepped in with stricter regulations. When accidents involve larger vehicles like trucks and buses, the fatalities can be much worse.”
The article also highlights the consequences of being caught using a cell phone while driving without a hands free device. This includes a fine of around $2,000 for first time offenders while multiple offences can lead to revocation of the driver’s license. Mortel adds, “This is what truck and bus drivers need to be most careful about. Losing their license will make it tougher to get their job back with a blemished record. And that is not all. If the driver is from a company with a big fleet it could cost them as much as $11,000 in fines as well. This is why many companies now consider this seriously and caution their drivers about the prospects of losing their job in the event of being caught for such an offence.”
Many drivers welcome the step taken by the government in a bid to reduce the number of road accidents. However, one of their major concerns is that bus and trucking companies may consider lowering their wages in an attempt to cover up for any future losses due to fines that may be imposed on them. For the most part, they are of the opinion that the law must extend to every motorist, a move that would meet the approval of many citizens who are concerned about safety. In the meantime, truck and bus drivers need to take the new law seriously and avoid getting on the wrong side of the law. Besides, a hands free device is all it takes to ensure compliance with the rules and safer roadways as well.
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