Truck Drivers: Are They Following the Rules of the Road?

All drivers must follow traffic laws and adhere to the rules of the road. However, truck drivers also have a specific set of state and federal trucking regulations that they must follow. As massive vehicles that weigh tens of thousands of pounds, commercial trucks have the potential to cause serious injuries and death. This makes it imperative for truck drivers to abide by the strict guidelines and regulations that have been established by the government.

It is illegal for truck drivers to:

1. Text while Driving: Texting and driving is dangerous, no matter what type of vehicle is being driven. In response to the growing trend of automobile accidents caused by drivers who text and drive, federal trucking laws as well as the trucking regulations of many states, including Louisiana include texting bans for drivers.

2. Make Cell Phone Calls: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) prohibits truck drivers from making calls or even holding a mobile phone while driving unless the driver is using a hands-free device. So it is illegal for any driver to be making phone calls while operating a truck no matter what state they are driving through.

3. Drive Fatigued: Truckers are required by law to keep a log of their work hours and to take rest breaks in order to avoid fatigued driving.

4. Use Radar Detectors: The use of radar detectors is illegal: the FMCSA has banned the use of radar detectors on the basis that it encourages drivers to speed.

5. Pick Up Unauthorized Passengers: The law forbids truck drivers from picking up any unauthorized passengers, even if it is the driver’s child, spouse, or a family member. Some trucks carry hazardous materials and passengers might serve as distractions for drivers. This rule is intended to make the roads safer for everyone.

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