Originally posted by the US Department of Transportation here:
New rule: No texting while operating a CMV
Overview and Background
FMCSA has published new rules that restrict texting and the use of hand-held mobile phones by truck and bus drivers while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
Research commissioned by FMCSA shows the odds of being involved in a safety-critical event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane deviation) are 23.2 times greater for CMV drivers who text while driving than for those who do not. Texting drivers took their eyes off the forward roadway for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, this equates to a driver traveling 371 feet, or the approximate length of a football field (including the end zones)—without looking at the roadway!
What exactly is “Texting”?
What does this rule mean to you?
No Call, No Text, No Ticket!
Learn more about texting by commercial vehicle operators here