On January 26, 2010, the Transportation Department issued regulations which banned hand-held texting by drivers of large commercial trucks and buses. According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the regulations take effect immediately and carry fines of up to $2750 for each violation.
The National Safety Council estimates that 200,000 accidents occur each year because the driver was distracted from observing the road while texting. Research has demonstrated that people involved in texting commonly take their eyes completely off the road while engaged in sending or receiving texts. This can have catastrophic consequences, particularly for drivers of big rigs or buses and the occupants of cars around them.
The texting ban for drivers of large vehicles operating at high speed on interstate roads is certainly an important step in increasing highway safety.