Officer Harold Mosley
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
CVE Region 1
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Federal Ban on Cell Phone Use in Commercial Vehicles
Date of News Release: 01/09/2012
(HENDERSON, KY) –- Effective Jan. 3, 2012 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration banned the uses of all hand held mobile communication devices while operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle. The ban also prohibits the use of any hand held mobile communication device in Commercial Motor Vehicles while stopped at a temporary traffic control device such as a Traffic Light or a stop sign. The new regulation allows for a one button use for the purposes of initiating, answering, or terminating a call. The new regulation will allow for full operation of the mobile device in an emergency situation in order to communicate with law enforcement or other emergency services.
In an attempt to lessen the number of collisions caused by inattentive drivers, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has implemented these new revisions to the Safety Regulations in hopes to ensure the drivers of these larger vehicles focus 100% of their efforts on their surroundings while driving. "Safety Regulations have been in place for some time prohibiting texting while driving", stated Capt. Marcus Schnepp, Regional Commander, "but this is one more step to ensuing that there are fewer distractions that may take the driver's eyes off the road".
Anyone having questions relating to the changes in the Safety Regulations are encouraged to make contact with the Kentucky State Police / Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division in Henderson at (270) 831-9888 or contact Officer Chris Green / Public Affairs Officer at (270) 388-2979.