Texting or using a hand held mobile telephone while operating a CMV is illegal and considered a serious violation. Very serious. Texting while driving can result in driver disqualification. Penalties range from a $2,750 fine for drivers and up to an $11,000 fine for employers.
A hands-free mobile phone is acceptable. For example, the Satechi BT Button Series makes your smart phone accessible with a single press of a button. The button is 1.375 inch in diameter so it can be mounted on the dash or a key chain. The button can be used to activate Siri or S Voice for hands-free operation.
While a hands-free mobile phone is acceptable, distraction.gov reminds us that studies show headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use.
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