Posted: Jan 26, 2010 9:40 AM by Jon Carrere
The Department of Transportation is trying to put the breaks on a very dangerous trend.
According to a USA Today poll, 80% of all accidents are caused by distracted drivers.
Drivers who text are 6 times more likely to get in an accident according to a msnbc poll.
Mix those numbers with the biggest vehicles on the road, and it's easy to understand why the National Department of Transportation has banned them from texting.
We've all shared the road with a big rig.
Rarely do we get to see what the driver is doing inside the truck.
"People text people talk on the phone, I mean but you know I see them running off the road all the time," says trucker James Hall.
Some truckers who claim to understand the risk say they just have to rebel, texting's important to the job.
"It helps out you know it's better than getting on the phone and talking for twenty minuets rather than you know a quick second," says trucker Chris Rushton.
A quick second, however, can separate a safe drive home from ending up in a ditch, or even worse a deadly accident.
When behind the wheel and texting, driver reaction is slowed down by 30%.
Thats a risk Curtis Bradley is not willing to take.
"...I'm in trouble because if they comeback to find that I was texting or was on my cell phone it's gonna really hurt my company," says Bradley.
Only a year into the job, he says he's already seen what can happen if you take your eyes off the road even for "just a second."
Bradley claims he's, "seen guys trying to hit the little computer and try to drive."
This new law applies to buses driving on the interstate and trucks over 10,000 pounds.
Violators will face fines almost three thousand dollars.