It’s no secret. Truckers are texting and talking on the cell phone while driving.
So are car drivers. The effect is mind-boggling: each year thousands of crashes are occurring, costing Billions of dollars in damages. It’s more than the budgets of a number of countries.
We all suffer greatly from this unnecessary indulgence. Costs are rising for insurance, comp, taxes to pay for the uninsured, emergency services (towing, ambulances, emergency room services, hospitalization, physical therapy and rehabilitation) police response, and legal and court fees to compensate victims for this wholesale negligence. .
Somebody has to pay for this party.
Company owners like to question me why insurance rates are so high. Put the cell phone down and have your drivers do the same and reap the benefits of lower insurance premiums.
ABC News even captured one driver talking on two cell phones. Autonomous trucks are already here — you just didn’t know it.
There are studies showing how dangerous it is to not look at the road while driving, or dialing numbers, entering data or even merely conversing.
Drivers don’t believe the information, don’t believe it can happen to them, or sadly, in at least one case of an injured bicyclist, said they just don’t care.
Here is one driver who does not use his phone on the job . . .
“I see truck drivers doing it every day.”
A truck driver who gets in a serious crash while texting or talking on a cell phone:
- would likely lose their commercial driver’s license
- could be sentenced to prison
- could be given thousands of dollars in fines
- could face civil lawsuits.
During any period of probation, a convicted driver would have to surrender his CDL. The fines don’t go down for multiple-offenses. The company fines (up to $11,000) and higher insurance rates, if there is a crash, could be enough to put a smaller motor carrier out of business.
“If regulations governing pilots, captains and drivers aren’t enforced, they really are just words on paper.” Superior Court Judge Craig E. Robison
Thanks for stopping over.
John Taratuta is a trucking safety advocate and Risk Engineer. (989) 474-9599