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Cell Phone Expert Witness:
Texting (And More!)
Banned in Commercial Motor Vehicles

Digital Evidence / Computer Forensics Articles

By Scott Greene


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has formally banned Texting while operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle ( CMV ). The FMCSA estimates that CMV drivers who ‘text’ while driving are over 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash, near crash or lane deviation.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Expert Witness
The FMCSA rule expands what is normally called Texting (sending text messages between cell phones or other mobile devices) to include (but is not limited to):

  • Short Message Services (SMS) text messages between devices.

  • Creating, Sending or Reading E-mail

  • Browsing the Internet using a mobile or other device.

  • Pressing more than a single button to initiate or terminate a call using a cell phone

  • Engaging in any other form of electronic text entry or retrieval, for present or future communication.

The penalties for violating the rule can be up to $2,750 for drivers and up to $11,000 for employers who allow or require drivers to use a mobile device for texting while driving. Multiple convictions for violating the rule can result in disqualification of the driver and a negative impact on the company’s Safety Measurement System Results.

The message to drivers from the FMCSA: “No Call, No Text, No Ticket!”

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By Scott Greene

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