The investigation revealed that cell phone use while driving proved to be a big factor in a 2010 Kentucky truck driver accident that killed 11 individuals. The five-member board would like to see proposed a cell phone use ban for truckers across all fifty states and in the District of Columbia. In September, all five members of the transportation board voted in favor of recommending the cell phone ban for commercial drivers.
In a recent Texas cell phone study, it was found that texting while driving doubled the driver’s reaction time. This delayed reaction time for distracted drivers makes it difficult to brake for sudden stops, posing a potential risk to pedestrians, children and other motorists.
Distracted drivers were responsible for approximately 5,000 fatal crashes that occurred in 2009, according to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration. An additional half a million motorists sustained injuries in accidents caused by distracted driving.
“I believe that the cell phone measure would make the roads safer for all truckers and motorists,” said Allison James of Freight in Motion. “I am in support of any measure that potentially lowers the number of distracted drivers on the road.”
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Freight in Motion is a freight brokerage firm based out of Atlanta. The freight brokerage firm specializes in business to business transportation of goods for truckload, less-than-truckload, and temperature control shipments.