"We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe," says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "This is an important safety step and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving."
The action is the result of the Department's interpretation of standing rules. Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750.
- Read more on the ban here.
- Follow DOT efforts to combat distracted driving at http://www.distraction.gov/.
- Review state cell phone and texting laws here.
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