Distracted Driving

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6 04, 2016

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

April 6, 2016 -Reading this behind the wheel – or merely glancing down to give it a quick scan? You could’ve just caused a significant crash. Even if your eyes were diverted from the road for mere seconds. Distracted driving is a significant issue on U.S. roadways. It’s something we’re all aware of; still, that [...]

14 12, 2011

NTSB Wants TOTAL Cellphone Ban

Truckers have recently been forced to come to terms with a ban on handheld cellphones but if the National Transportation Safety Board gets its way the entire country will have to stop using cellphones of any kind. The NTSB recommended on Tuesday that all cellphones, handheld or hands free, should be banned for all users; [...]

28 11, 2011

FMCSA Bans Hand Held Cellphones

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 [...]

27 09, 2011

Distraction Caused Fatal Truck vs. Train Crash

Investigators are pointing towards distracted driving as a cause for a fatal accident involving a truck and a train. Peter Barnum, 35, of Farmington, N.H. was killed when his tractor trailer skidded into the path of an oncoming train on July 11. Investigators say that Barnum had a five-minute telephone conversation with his boss which [...]

10 08, 2011

NETS Gears Up for Drive Safely Work Week, Offers Free Toolkit

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have teamed up to offer a free toolkit to improve employee safety behind the wheel. Employers can access the kit by registering and answering a few basic questions here. […]

27 06, 2011

Six Dead After Truck Slams Into Amtrak Train

Today investigators are still searching for victims and trying to determine why a truck plowed into the side of an Amtrak train at a railroad crossing approximately 60 miles east of Reno, Nev. At least six people died, including the CMV driver and a conductor, in the fiery crash on Friday. As of Monday, five [...]

2 05, 2011

PHMSA Proposes Hand-Held Cell-Phone Ban

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is once again following in the rulemaking footsteps of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). On April 29, PHMSA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register that seeks to ban certain PHMSA-regulated drivers from using a hand-held mobile phone. The proposal applies to [...]

2 03, 2011

PHMSA Issues Final Rules Banning Texting, Enhancing Enforcement Authority

This week the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued two Final Rules that will go into effect this spring. The first, which prohibits texting on electronic devices while transporting hazardous materials requiring placarding, goes into effect on March 30, 2011. The second rule, issued today, enhances the inspection, investigation and enforcement authority of [...]

10 02, 2011

Comment Period Countdown

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration currently has three major proposals out for comment, and the deadlines for public feedback are right around the corner. All three of FMCSA’s Notices of Proposed Rulemaking cover hot-button issues, and the comments have been rolling in. It seems like, at least unofficially, everyone has something to say about [...]