DOT’s Decision to Ban Truckers Texting Premature
February 22, 2010 by Truckdrivernews · Leave a Comment
January 26, 2010 the DOT and FMCSA agreed to ban Truck and Bus Drivers from sen
ding and receiving text or email messages.
I think this might have been premature.
Insurance.com released a report earlier with a top ten list of the worst drivers.
Guess who didn’t even make the top ten list?
Insurance.com’s complete list of Top 10 Most Dangerous Drivers by Profession is below:
- 1. Attorney/Judge
- 2. Financial professionals
- 3. Government worker (GS6)
- 4. Bartender or Waiter
- 5. Business Professionals
- 6. Dog Groomer
- 7. Marketing/Advertising professionals
- 8. Barber/Stylist
- 9. Coach
- 10. Nurse
And to add insult to injury, the DOT added that the drivers if caught texting and driving could be fined up to $2750.00. Well I am sorry, but I must call bullshit here. This is just a “revenue getter law,” $2750.00 for texting and driving, and truckers or bus drivers were not even on the list?
Where is the “so-called-study” that proves truck drivers are 23 times more likely to have an accident while texting and driving? When the people that insure vehicles DID a summary of accidents and truckers or bus drivers didn’t even make the list? With all this, I will say that texting and driving has to be dangerous, there is no doubt. Just because in order to text (most) people would have to take their eyes off the road in order to do it.
So-called “experts” supposedly did a study that shows truck drivers and bus drivers were 23 times more likely to have an accident while texting and driving. Now another study came out, just after the ban went into effect says phone in hand isn’t the safety hazard. So, I wonder why Truckers and Bus drivers were the first to have the ban placed on? I know why, it’s because they (the DOT and FMCSA) can and will make-up any law they want, even if there is no proof. The only way this would have been a good decision is if “ALL DRIVERS” were banned.
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