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Commercial drivers banned from texting on the road


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- In an effort to eliminate distracted driving, Department of Transportation officials have instituted a ban on text messaging by commercial drivers.

The ban, which goes into effect immediately, is part of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's campaign against texting and cell phone use while driving.

The rules apply to drivers of interstate buses and trucks over 10,000 pounds. Violators could face penalties up to $2,750.

Research shows drivers who send and receive text messages take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds. At 55 miles per hour, the DOT says that means a driver is cruising the entire length of a football field without looking where he or she is going.


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