NTSB Tries To Ban Commercial Drivers From Mobile Phone Usage
Accompanying research of a 2010 highway disaster in Kentucky where 11 people were murdered the NTSB suggested a complete ban on all mobile phone usage by commercial chauffeurs comprising hands-free usage. The chauffeur of the huge trailer at responsibility for the disaster was on his cell phone at the moment of the disaster. Information gathered by the NTSB indicated that the chauffeur of the trailer was texting hard and making calls often in the hours which leaded to the disaster. The NTSB registered 69 texts and calls made by the chauffeur who was driving for 24 hours before the disaster. It was also noted: "In the few minutes before the actual 5:14 a.m. crash, the chauffeur called three times, the last time at 5:14."
"Modifying behavior may begin right now, for chauffeurs of large rigs, but in addition for others too," Deborah Hersman, the NTSB Chairman, said. "When you are behind the wheel, driving safely ought to be your primary focus." Ray LaHood, the US Secretary of Transportation, declared. "Texting or speaking on the telephone while driving may become deadly in a few seconds, specifically when a large rig or a huge bus is engaged. Because of that U.S. Department of Transportation has recently banned all commercial chauffeurs from texting and talking while driving and they also working at ban for handheld mobile phone usage. There are no such calls or text messages which are worth risking lives." The NTSB doesn't have rule-making authorities, so it posted its recommendations to all state and even federal authorities. If the ban is enacted, it would influence nearly 4 million chauffeurs.
It was in addition stated that employers would make the roadways safer if they enact policies for their workers/chauffeurs and make sure those chauffeurs know that their jobs completely depended upon obedience.
You can also make sure that no phone calls or text messages will distract you while you are driving if you use mobile phone jammer to prevent crashes from distracted driving.
So how do you think, should mobile phone usage be banned for all commercial chauffeurs? Does company you work for have protected driving policy? Let us know what you think in comments.