Comments for Texting In March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a new federal regulation to address distracted driving by truckers, bus drivers, and other commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators. Under the proposed regulation, CMV drivers could face fines or operating disqualification if convicted of texting while driving. On September 21, after considering public comments on the proposed rule, FMCSA published the final rule, which will take effect on October 21, 2010. You can read the final rule <a href="">here</a>. Thu, 06 May 2010 23:47:29 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Final summary by Truck Drivers News Mentioned in Final Texting Summary : Truck Drivers News Truck Drivers News Mentioned in Final Texting Summary : Truck Drivers News Thu, 06 May 2010 23:47:29 +0000 [...] Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood for people and groups to make comments on a new law “Limiting the Use of Wireless Communication Devices” proposed by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA). It was posted on The [...]

Comment on Rule Text by Final summary « Texting Final summary « Texting Mon, 03 May 2010 18:50:28 +0000 [...] comments on this part of FMCSA’s proposal (new 49 CFR Code of Federal Regulations § 383.5 and 49 CFR Code of Federal Regulations § 390.5) fell into two categories: concern that some [...]

Comment on Which drivers are covered by LindaR LindaR Fri, 30 Apr 2010 22:56:44 +0000 I’m an owner of a small trucking company.

I’m glad someone is finally doing something about the texting of drivers, but feel we need to include this to extend to all drivers not just commercial drivers. I do alot of driving and see people of non-commercial vehicle texting and driving all the time. I feel they make up more of the distraction then just commercial driver. So we should also do something about them.

Comment on Draft Summary of Discussion by alsopollyanna alsopollyanna Wed, 28 Apr 2010 18:29:58 +0000 With all due respect , how can anyone contend citizens can’t be protected from drivers who insist on texting while driving on public roads? Public officials should take the time to look at:

Specifically page 7 where FACTS tell you WHY you can walk & chew gum at the same time but CAN NOT drive & SAFELY use a cell at the same time.

Too many LIVES have already been lost or destroyed so drivers can claim FREEDOM to use a cell while driving. They are FREE to do as they please while others don’t even have the basic freedom to stay alive while traveling our nation’s roadways. :(

Even when a driver spends most of his time traveling & a cell phone is his only means of contacting important people in his life, he still should respect his own life & the lives of others sharing the road by only making his calls at a rest stop or parking lot with his car or truck turned off.

Safety should remain paramount as a dead person has actually found the ultimate freedom FROM life in our hectic world.

Thank you for considering this life & death matter NOW!

Comment on Draft Summary of Discussion by Moderator Moderator Tue, 27 Apr 2010 23:59:06 +0000 Thank you. This is a helpful suggestion. We’ll put in citations to the NPRM where we can in the final summary. Once the rule comment period closes, we’ll also talk to the agency more generally about what would be useful to them.

Comment on Draft Summary of Discussion by plsathome plsathome Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:41:02 +0000 It would be helpful to FMCSA, and reflect some of the thought that inspired this approach, if the comments as submitted could be organized to, or at least reference, the specific paragraphs of the proposed rule to which they relate. To be sure, this is more work for you; but what is likely to be persuasive to rulemaking officials about the desirability of an approach like this, is that it produces focus on particular elements of a proposal. If they still have to do that work, they will not think they have gained much.

Comment on Who & how of enforcement by Moderator Moderator Sun, 25 Apr 2010 19:56:46 +0000 This comment was emailed to Regulation Room on 4/22 from the President of Morris Area Freewheelers.

Regulation Room,

Distracted driving due to cell phones can be stopped.
Making it illegal won’t stop the carnage.
Making it impossible will.

Software now exists that renders cellphones inoperable when the built-in GPS indicates the phone is moving over some threshold, e.g. 10 mph.

You can purchase and install this software now.

Legislation that forces manufacturers to make this software part of the phone’s firmware can be used to stop distracted driving.

Just look at our drunk driving laws. They are total failures.

People get killed by drunk drivers every day.

This technological problem can be totally solved by technology.

Driving while texting is DWB – Driving While Blind.. You may as well be blind.

It has already been proven that cell phone use in cars renders driver safety statistics comparable to drunk driving, regardless of whether they are doing it hands free or not.

And the carnage continues.

Comment on What are the risks by AvgJoe AvgJoe Thu, 15 Apr 2010 18:23:33 +0000 While I believe the spirit of the rule would allow for flexibility with respect to phone calls and/or texting while the vehicle is not in a lane of traffic AND is not moving, I believe the intent of the rule should be clear and simple – DO NOT ENGAGE IN PHONE CALLS AND/OR TEXTING WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE.

If the cost of injury or death isn’t enough to deter drivers, then perhaps imprisonment, steep fines, or awards for injury/death/damages or any combination of these will help greatly reduce the number of accidents caused by inattention due to cell phone calls and/or texting.

I’m realistic enough to know that 100% will not be achieved. However, for those who think they can beat the odds/flout the law, the price should be steep when the Piper demands his due.

Again, the simplest of questions should quickly end the debate of excuses – “while operating a motor vehicle, is any cell phone call or text message worth the risk of injury or death to yourself or other people?”

Comment on What are the risks by Rebecca Rebecca Wed, 14 Apr 2010 20:04:44 +0000 Thanks for your comment. How well do you think this rule addresses the dangers you identify with texting while driving?

Comment on What counts as texting by Rebecca Rebecca Wed, 14 Apr 2010 19:58:37 +0000 Thanks for this insightful suggestion! I’m wondering if anyone else on here can think of any problems this approach might raise.