In a widely predicted move, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule on Wednesday, November 23 banning the use of a handheld cellphone while operating a CMV. Distracted driving has been the signature cause of current Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Over the past several years he has launched campaign after campaign and regulation after regulation to tamp down on the usage of cellphones while driving. In October of last year, texting while driving a CMV was banned; in addition, there has been a substantial media campaign to combat distracted driving by car drivers. Continue reading
As you may have read on Friday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a rule banning the use of hand-held telephones while driving a CMV. Today marked the publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register. This notice included information on why the DOT has been on such a kick about distracted driving in the last few years. Of particular note was a graph illustrating the most common and most dangerous distractions for CMV drivers.
Topping out the list was texting, with dispatching devices a distant second. Other interesting problems included grooming, putting on sunglasses and smoking. Did they miss anything? Put your top distractions in the comments section.