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FMCSA: u txt, u lose...

FMCSA: u txt, u lose...

Effective Oct. 27, 2010, texting by commercial motor vehicle drivers while operating in interstate commerce will be prohibited. The new federal regulation states that drivers who fail to comply will face civil penalties and lose their CDL license, as well as the possibility of being convicted under State and local traffic laws and ordinances.

The objective of the new regulation is to increase highway safety by reducing the chance of truck-related crashes, fatalities and injuries associated with distracted driving. Research has shown that drivers who text while drive are 23.2 times more likely to be in a crash compared to those who do not.

For more information about the FMCSA texting ban, please click here.

  • The goal is to improve safety by reducing crashes.
  • New enforcement and compliance model that allows the FMCSA and its partners to contact a larger number of carriers/drivers.
  • Intended to address safety problems with carriers & drivers before crashes occur.

For more information, please visit the FMCSA's website.

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