Mobile Phone Restrictions!

Mobile phone restrictions is a big deal. The mobile or cellular phone restrictions for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders have been in place since 2012.

Distracted Driving!

You are not allowed to hold the phone while on a call. You are only allowed to use a hands-free system. Research and studies have shown that a driver is six (6) times more likely to be in a safety critical event. An event such as a crash, unintentional lane change or a near-crash event from dialing a phone number manually.

Mobile Phone Restrictions!

This reminds me of times my dispatcher asked me why I didn’t answer his call. Of course, I think he already knew what my answer was going to be. I never liked using a blue tooth device. This was in the past and now I use one as needed.

Distracted driving

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) lists the definition of using a mobile phone as;

  • Using at least one hand to hold a mobile phone to make a call
  • Dialing on a mobile phone by pressing more than one (1) button
  • Reaching for a mobile phone that requires you to move from a seated position

Doing any of the above is illegal and if you are caught can have severe fines and penalties as listed below. These rules also apply to situations when you are sitting still because of a traffic light, construction or any other momentary delays.

  • Drivers can be fined up to $2,750
  • Employers can be fined up to $11,000 for allowing or requiring a driver to use a hand-held mobile phone
  • Disqualification can happen as a result of multiple violations

If you are a person that needs to be on the phone all the time, then invest in a headset or earbud. I use a BlueParrott B450-XT. I love this headset. It is comfortable and I can easily adjust the volume. Mobile phone restrictions should be obeyed to avoid fines and/or accidents.

It is not worth getting caught anymore. The Highway Patrol is looking for violators of cellular and seat belt laws. I do not want to pay any fines. It is basically the same as texting. If it is an important call then get off the road and take it. I know it’s a hassle, but an accident is a bigger problem and could get you and/or someone else hurt or killed.

What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from driving. It includes texting or talking on your phone, drinking and eating, setting your gps and talking to someone in your vehicle. Anything that a driver does besides paying attention to the road ahead is distracted driving. Distracted driving increases your chances of having an accident.

We have all seen someone texting and driving. As a truck driver we can see what many others cannot in vehicles as they go by.

We all remember cassette tapes. I dropped many and would try to retrieve them no matter where they were. Do you remember 8-track tapes? I must admit I do. They were much bigger and easier to find on the floor. The point here is it was distracted driving. It has always been around, but it was nothing compared to cell phone usage.

I must admit that before writing all these pages I did do some texting. Once I started writing and reading about it I stopped. I have stopped reading emails and text messages and wait until I have stopped my vehicle. 

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