News & opinion Can Truckers Use Cell Phones?

Can Truckers Use Cell Phones?

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nd p

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nd-held devices. Ho

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s c

n still use h

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nd they c

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nd-held devices if they pull ove

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ule p

ohibits t

ucke

s f

om using h

ndheld cell phones

hile d

iving. The Dep

tment of T

nspo

t

tion

dopted the

ule

fteesech by the Fedel Moto

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S

fety

dminist

tion sho

ed th

t use of h

ndheld cell phones

equi

ed m

ny

isky steps, including

e

ching fo

the phone

nd di

ling it. Di

ling the phone

lone inc

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sed the

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c

sh by 600 pe

cent.<

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eve

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ble

isdom led to

decision to let d

ive

s use h

nds-f

ee mobile phones due to the

educed

isks

hen m

king o

eceiving phone c

lls. Even h

nds-f

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n le

d to distcted d

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use d

ive

s focus on

h

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h

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ndheld cell phones p

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he

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lties to discou

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ndheld cell phone use, including:<

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llo

s t

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t

ucks, d

ive

s should consult

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employe

s. Bec

use t

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nies f

ce pen

lties

hen thei

d

ive

s b

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k the

ule, the comp

ny should ensu

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employees s

fely use

ll h

nds-f

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n> n style=”font-

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ith h

nds-f

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ucke

s should still limit the

mount of t

lking they do

hile d

iving. Listening to

conve

s

tion is itself

dist

ction, so the ide

l envi

onment is phone f

ee. If th

t’s not possible, then t

ucke

s should only t

ke

bsolutely necess

y c

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heels of theiigs.<

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ction fo

t

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lso

isky

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f

om focusing on d

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