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    I normally hate when the GOV gets involved with anything because they usually screw it up...but after almost getting run off the road or hit on the way home from the river this last weekend for the 10th time from a idiot truck driver that was texting and all over the road I am glad they are trying to do something about it......

    The U.S. Government passed legislation banning texting by drivers of large commercial trucks and buses today in an effort to eliminate the dangers of distracted driving. The new ban carries civil and criminal penalties with fines of up to $2,750.

    According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the ban will go into effect immediately.

    "We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe," LaHood said. "This is an important safety step and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving."

    Trucking regulators cite research that shows when drivers take their eyes off the road to send and receive text messages on cell phones they put themselves and other drivers at a significantly higher risk for accidents.

    The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Study concludes that drivers of heavy vehicles such as trucks and buses who are texting are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near crash event than those who are not texting while driving. As opposed to talking, dialing, listening, or reaching for a cell phone, texting was found to pose the greatest threat for accidents. The study found that drivers of heavy vehicles take their eyes off the road for almost a full 5 seconds while texting. At 55 miles per hour, this means that the driver is traveling the length of a football field, including the end zones, without looking at the road.

    The National Safety Council, a research and advocacy group, also provides evidence supporting the ban, estimating that 200,000 crashes per year are caused by drivers who are texting.

    The ban is a testament to the growing national concern surrounding the dangers of cell phone use while driving.

    Some 23 states and the District of Columbia already have some form of restriction on texting while driving and others are considering similar action. Drivers who break the ban in these states are liable for fines and, in certain cases, points on their driver’s license.

    In Florida, a proposed bill known as “Heather’s Law” would, if passed, prohibit all cell phone use while driving. The bill was inspired by Heather Hurd, a 27-year-old woman who was killed in an accident caused by a truck driver who was texting while behind the wheel.

    The new federal law is a big gain for supporters of banned cell phone use while driving. It follows a similar December ban on texting for drivers of federal government vehicles and is part of a large effort by the U.S. government to combat distracted driving.

    Legislation has also been introduced in Congress to extend the ban to all drivers of motor vehicles on a national scale.

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    My favorite thing is when there's no one behind you for miles and the asshole cuts infront of you going about 1/2 a mph faster than the truck he's passing and takes miles before he gets over. They've become the rudest azzholes on the road.

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    How is this enforced? Except after a accident and checking records.Out of bordom they all seem to be on the phone between Barstow and Needles.Also curious what these guys spend a month??The Bordom on long haul must be incredable.

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    This is all fine and dandy... Texting should have been outlawed along with phonecalls along time ago . But ..... You do realize that must pick ups have commercial plates ... We will be targeted
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    Quote Originally Posted by gottago View Post
    My favorite thing is when there's no one behind you for miles and the asshole cuts infront of you going about 1/2 a mph faster than the truck he's passing and takes miles before he gets over. They've become the rudest azzholes on the road.

    Try flipping them off,the next group you come up on will pull in front of you,they radio ahead that your coming.Friday night on the I40 always a good time.Full of DEL Taco @Lenwood and just 2 hours from the river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RVR SWPR View Post
    How is this enforced? Except after a accident and checking records.Out of bordom they all seem to be on the phone between Barstow and Needles.Also curious what these guys spend a month??The Bordom on long haul must be incredable.
    They break up the bordom by pissing in bottles and throwing them out the window, ever wonder where all the broken glass came from on the roadside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gottago View Post
    They break up the bordom by pissing in bottles and throwing them out the window, ever wonder where all the broken glass came from on the roadside?
    Long haul truckers out of Canada ( team drivers ) Of Aribic decent . drivers seat , funnel and a hole threw the floor ..... God i have heard some comical stories from chp trianiee's
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    You can only hope someone is shtouping his wife while he is wandering around the I40 every nite.

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    If we could just legislate common sense, then maybe our legislature could instead concentrate on issues like, oh, WE HAVE NO MONEY BECAUSE THEY WASTE IT ON CRAP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky View Post
    This is all fine and dandy... Texting should have been outlawed along with phonecalls along time ago . But ..... You do realize that must pick ups have commercial plates ... We will be targeted
    Honestly that is fine with me...I hate it when any driver texts while driving..just plane stupid..if they need to talk to someone, pick up the phone dial the number and talk..texting is for 12 year olds not adults...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pronstar View Post
    If we could just legislate common sense, then maybe our legislature could instead concentrate on issues like, oh, WE HAVE NO MONEY BECAUSE THEY WASTE IT ON CRAP
    Common sense out of any politician is a joke...they live to get re-elected or to get their life long retirement packages and their power trips. Most of them don't give a crap about the common man.... oh well I am not posting a political thread just posting a new law that might save a few lifes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RVR SWPR View Post
    Try flipping them off,the next group you come up on will pull in front of you,they radio ahead that your coming.Friday night on the I40 always a good time.Full of DEL Taco @Lenwood and just 2 hours from the river.
    Thats funny, I made that mistake a while back...flipped off a reckless driver going from vegas to cali a few years ago coming down the pass at the summit heading towards baker, the guy was nuts, he stayed on my tail for what seemed to be 10-15 miles at over 85mph and had other truckers slow down in front of me...thankfully I was laughing all the way because I loved playing that game...

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    All they need to do is enforce the laws we have -reckless driving.
    Why a new law - just saying
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