Texting for Truck Drivers and Bus Drivers Banned

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking a bold step in cracking down on growing problem.

Beginning on Tuesday, drivers of buses or large commercial trucks are being banned from texting or using a handheld cell phones while driving.

However, there's still some confusion on who will enforce the ban.

Truck drivers NewsWest 9 spoke to say a ban on texting or using a hand held cell phone would make the roads safer.

"Its real good, it's dangerous, you got enough to contend without running over somebody.  I agree with it 100 percent," Truck Driver, Jeff Howard, said.

According to the National Safety Council in 2008, more than one million crashes were caused by drivers talking on cell phones or texting.

Out of those crashes, 6,000 people died and 500,000 people were injured.

"I think it's a good deal, too much of it going on, it's the proper thing to do," Truck Driver, Charles Baird, said.

"A lot of time, they're not paying attention, they are too busy texting, not watching the road, so some even swerve in front of you," Baird said.

But there's still some confusion on how the ban will be enforced.

Since it's not a law, the Department of Public Safety in Austin tells NewsWest 9 they don't know how they'll implement the ban.

Despite the confusion, some truck drivers want to see it become a reality.

"They are going to have to enforce it, not only for truck drivers, they start swerving, and four out of five, they're talking on a cell phone, but people's lives are at risk," Howard said.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says violators could be fined more than $2,000.

Again, Texas Transportation officials are still trying to figure out how the ban will be enforced.