Distracted driving laws are in place to protect drivers, passengers, and all others on the road. While there are similarities in distracted driving laws for passenger car drivers and truckers, there are also some notable differences.
Truck accidents tend to cause significantly more damage than passenger car accidents, due to the size and weight of these large vehicles. For this reason, the laws governing distracted driving for commercial drivers are stricter than for passenger car drivers.
DIFFERENCES IN DISTRACTED DRIVING LAWS FOR PASSENGER CAR DRIVERS VERSUS TRUCKERS
Some of the differences in distracted driving laws for truckers include that these drivers are:
- Not allowed to use handheld devices while driving, whereas passenger car drivers may use them if they are hands-free.
- Not allowed to text while driving, regardless of whether they are using a hands-free device.
- Prohibited from reading anything (including maps) while driving.
- Required to take breaks at least every eight hours, during which time they cannot use any electronic devices.
While these laws may seem strict to some, they are in place for good reason. Truck accidents often result in serious injuries or even death, due to the size and weight of these vehicles. By following these laws, truck drivers can help to keep themselves and others safe on the road.
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