The Department of Transportation is getting tough with professional drivers who text message while driving, prohibiting all truck and bus drivers from sending text messages — texting — while driving a commercial vehicle.
The penalty for texting includes civil or criminal penalties and fines up to $2,750 says the DOT.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Research shows that drivers who text message take their eyes off of the road from between 4-6 seconds while texting. If the driver is moving at speeds of 55 miles an hour, they will have driven the length of a football field before their eyes look at the road.
A Vancouver, Washington man was just sentenced to 5 years in prison for Vehicular Homicide after a fatal car accident attributed to the fact that he was texting while driving. Antonio Cellestine hit and killed a bicyclist, Gordon Patterson, who was riding his bicycle at the time. Cell phone records show that Cellestine had been texting prior and during the accident.
The message is getting out to all drivers: no texting while driving!
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured and the families of those killed in car accidents and pedestrian accidents.