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Cell Phone Use While Driving Statistics

New rules have been published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that restrict texting, and the use of hand-held mobile phones by drivers while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Research by the FMCSA shows that the odds of being involved in a safety-related event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane deviation) are 23.2 times greater for CMV drivers who text while driving than for those who do not.  Drivers that text were found to take their eyes off the forward roadway for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55mph, this is equivalent to a driver traveling 371 feet (the approximate length of a football field including the end zones) without looking at the roadway!

So what exactly is considered “texting”? Texting means manually entering text into, or reading text from, and electronic device. Texting includes (but is not limited to) , short message services, emailing, instant messaging, a command or request to access a webpage, pressing more than a single button to initiate or terminate a call using a mobile telephone, or engaging in any other form of electronic text retrieval or entry, for present or future communication.

What does this mean for FedEx ISPs? Fines and Penalties can result in driver disqualification for up to 120 days as well as cost you up to $2,750 for drivers and up to $11,000 for employers who allow or require drivers to use a hand-held communication device for texting while driving. In addition the rates for your Non Trucking Liability Insurance may go up, as well.

So please, drive safely, comply with these rules, and simply do not type or read a text message while driving! For more information on distracted driving, and to view the “No Texting Rule Fact Sheet” visit .

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