Distracted Driving and Truck Drivers
Sisbro wants all truck drivers to know the dangers and consequences of distracted driving. According to the U.S. Government, in 2014, 3,179 people were killed in crashes that involved distracted drivers. The NHTSA says that percentage of drivers text-messaging or visibly manipulating handheld devices increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014. As you can see, risks run high as mobile technology continues to expand.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA defines distracted driving as reaching, holding, dialing, texting, and reading in regards to mobile device use while behind the wheel. Using even one hand to hold a phone or dialing a phone by pressing more than a single button can mean that you are a distracted driver, according to the FMCSA. That also includes any maneuver that causes you as the driver to leave the seated position, safely buckled in by your seatbelt.
If you are caught driving while distracted you can face a fine up to $2,750. It doesn’t stop there because your employer may also face a fine up to $11,000.
If you’re caught multiple times, you could be disqualified from having a valid Commercial Driver’s License in your state. It’s a very serious consequence that will affect your future and livelihood.
Happily, no texts and hands-on calls from behind the wheel means no distracted driving tickets and that’s what Sisbro looks for in their driving fleet. If you are looking to join the team of a lifetime as an OTR driver or other position, call 888-228-2175 today!