Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Truck Accidents | 0 comments

Road safety should be the concern, especially, of truck drivers due to the huge size of their vehicles and the cargo loaded in their trucks. Despite the training a truck driver has undergone and the skills he/she has in handling his/her truck, an accident will likely occur if he/she takes traffic rules lightly or chooses not to observe such rules.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one of the most common causes of truck accidents is driver error, particularly the unrestrained use of handheld phones or cell phones, especially, while driving. Despite the ban imposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation on the use of cell phone when driving plus the higher fines and harsher punishments imposed on violators, many drivers still seem to take the law lightly. This is despite the law’s intent, which is to make roadways safer for all drivers and reduce the number of car wrecks.

The Department of Transportation‘s serious campaign in significantly reducing accidents involving trucks has, thus, led to the mandate on commercial drivers (such as truck, bus and corporate fleet drivers) to use a bluetooth headset both while driving and when idle.

A Bluetooth headset is a device that is capable of allowing a two-way connection through Bluetooth, a wireless technology. The device is designed to fit to an ear; there are also newer designs where the device is inserted into specially-designed caps that utilize bone conduction speakers to enable communication.

The mandate on the use of a bluetooth headset, to lessen distracted driving, took effect on January 1, 2013. A $2,750 fine will be imposed on violators each time they violate the mandate; repeated violation will also result to banning from further operation of any commercial vehicle. Besides these, the federal government has also allowed states to suspend the license of any commercial driver who commits two or more serious traffic violations.

No driver ought to think that imposing the use of Bluetooth headset is a limitation of their freedom to do whatever they want. On the contrary, hands-free headphones or Bluetooth headsets give them more freedom on the road as these devices allow them to communicate with anyone while driving, but without taking their full attention off the road. Beside, these will ensure the safety not only of other motorists and pedestrians, but their own safety as well.

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