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Hands Free for Safety: Cell Phones on the Road

by Anna Mischke | Jul 14, 2017

Driver news 071417With numerous rules surrounding cell phone use on the road, it can be difficult to understand what applies to you as a professional driver. Can you use your phone while stopped at a light? What about texting with one hand only? Does it matter if you read a text even if you don’t respond?

Safety comes first when you’re behind the wheel- read on for a breakdown of cell phone usage.

  • Don’t use a hand held mobile communication device while operating a commercial motor vehicle that is in motion. If you’re able to initiate and terminate a call by using a single button you’re using a hands free device, and it’s safe to continue use.
  • Only use a hand held mobile communication device if you can make or end a call using only one button.
  • You may use a voice activated, hands free device to make and end calls.
  • Always make sure that it is safe to make a call, even if it is on a hands free device or only requires one button to call/end.
  • Never text, email, or use social media (Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.) on a hand-held mobile for any reason when on the road: driving or stopped.

Recent studies show that the odds of being involved in a safety-critical event such as a crash or unintentional lane deviation are 23.2 times greater for drivers who text while driving, and those dialing a call on their mobile phone while driving are six times more likely to be involved in a safety critical event. Texting drivers take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, this equates to a driver travelling the distance of an entire football field without looking at the roadway!

Some states have additional rules in place so make sure you fully understand all laws pertaining to cell phone use while driving.

Centerline has a Zero Tolerance Cell Phone Policy and if violated, may cause up to $2,750 in fines and termination.

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  1. Dan | Jul 18, 2017

    well ya should be using a head set like a blue polly its hands free an if you have a voice activated phone your all set I been by many many police officers with it on an they don't even bother with ya

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