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In some form or another, distracted driving has always been a safety increase in cellphone use over the past decade
has put an increased focus on the hazard of distracted drivers. It is universally recognized that hand-held mobile
device use, especially texting, while driving greatly increases the risk of an accident. In fact, texting while driving
is so distracting studies have shown it to be as dangerous as drunk driving.
DOT Regulation: In an effort to reduce accidents caused by distracted driving, the Department of Transportation
(DOT) has banned the use of all hand-held mobile phones  by interstate commercial drivers. This means that you
cannot place calls, receive calls or text while driving. To use hand-held mobile devices, you need to pull over on the
side of the road. Once parked in an area where your vehicle can safely remain stationary, you may use your mobile device.
Hands Free Devices: Drivers may continue to use hands-free devices, but only if they do not cause a distraction. Points
to remember... * It is illegal to dial calls, provided dialing requires the driver to push more than one button. * In order
to answer the call, the cellphone must be within a driver's reach, easily accessible. * Citizens Band (CB) radios, two-way
radios and walkie-talkies are permitted. * Drivers are allowed to use a hand-held device in cases of emergency, so long as
they are notifying the law enforcement or other emergency services. * Certain states do have outright bans on the use of
cellphones; be aware of the laws in your area of operations.

Remember.....  Reaction time is delayed for a driver texting on a cellphone as much as it is for a driver who is legally drunk.
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