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Cell phone ban proposed for truck drivers


POSTED: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 10:47pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 11:21am

Commercial truck drivers may soon have to pull over if they want to answer their cell phone.

A new ban has been proposed to stop the usage of phones behind the wheel.

This ban proposal comes after a crash involving a big rig killing 11 people last year.

This week, investigators determined the driver was distracted by his cell phone.

So now the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended banning all cell phone usage - even hand held devices for commercial trucks and buses.

A texting ban is already in place in 34 states.

Today, KETK spoke with truck drivers.  Some agree with the ban.

"Most of the time I turn my phone off -- if it's in the truck while I'm driving I don't answer it, I don't can stop and do that.  You know it's just too dangerous, you're endangering your life and the lives of others," said truck driver Tim Cox.

The safety board doesn't have the power to ban cell phone use and texting.

So it sent its recommendation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


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