As personal injury lawyers representing seriously injured victims of truck accidents throughout the State of Florida, we are certainly glad that the Federal Motorist Carrier Safety Administration imposed a ban on cell phone use by commercial drivers. The ban began on January 1 of this year, and applies to all drivers of commercial vehicles who have commercial driver’s licenses. The ban applies to all CDL licensed drivers in every state.
The intention of this new regulation is to improve safety on highways by reducing distracted driving, which will hopefully reduce the number of distracted driving caused car and truck accidents. According the the Department of Transportation, there is a three-fold increase in truck accidents when a driver is using a cell phone, whether for talking or texting. The regulation also applies to cellphones with two-way radios.
The penalties for violating this new regulation include a sixty day driver’s license suspension after a second violation. As attorneys helping victims of commercial car and truck accidents, we applaud the Federal Government’s actions in trying to make our roadways safer.