Minnesota Trucking Association Supports DOT Texting Ban

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 7:13 am

The following statement was released today by Minnesota Trucking Association President John Hausladen.

The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) supports the United States Department of Transportation proposal to ban hand-held cell phone texting in commercial motor vehicles, announced this morning by Secretary Ray LaHood. The federal ban follows what is already law in Minnesota, not only for truck drivers, but for all drivers of passenger vehicles. As a leader in highway safety, the MTA supported the hand-held cell phone texting ban as it moved through the Minnesota Legislature in 2008. We believe banning texting on hand-held mobile devices is not only the smart thing to do, but the right thing to do. The scientific data clearly shows that texting on a hand-held device distracts from the act of driving, which leads to an increased likelihood of being in a crash.

On January 14, 2010, prior to federal action, the MTA announced a year-long effort to provide information and training to its members and their drivers to improve road safety. The “Keep Both Hands on the Wheel” campaign will focus on reducing distracted driving by engaging truckers, their employers, contractors and the public to follow safe driving habits. The campaign will feature Web-based programs and in-person training for member companies and drivers. MTA also will provide members, truckers and the general public with tips to stay alert. While the federal ban will be helpful, we fundamentally believe that real change will happen when all drivers take personal responsibility for being safe on the road.

For more information, go to the “Distracted Driving” and “Newsroom” links at www.mntruck.org or contact John Hausladen at 651-295-5672.

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