posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 11:39 PM
Perhaps in terms of enforcement it ought to simply be distracted driving and that can be determined in court for the defense if someone is seriously
injured or killed.
I mean on non-DUI cases. Those are self evident of course and stories across the news of guys with multiple cases are obscene. Incidentally, in
searching for more info on this story I came across this for a DUI Resource
. It's got
an INCREDIBLE amount of state by state DUI statistics.
Over the years of trucking I did see a lot though (and yes....Truckers CAN see straight down to the floorboards of both the driver and passenger
side.) The family rated things though were scary. From people eating what looked like a 2-3 course friggen meal across multiple Styrofoam containers
like their car was a buffet or something.....to people changing pants (always a fun one to consider....at some point, absolutely no way exists to hit
the brake pedal and likely for 2-3 seconds.) to the occasional complete accident on wheels trying to read a newspaper and drive at the same time. That
was a favorite to see in Los Angeles more than most places. At 55mph, it's scary indeed.
The Federal Government had a solution to this for Commercial truckers:
A regulation in 2010 banned all drivers of commercial vehicles from texting behind the wheel and implemented severe penalties for those who
continue to text. The employer of a texting truck driver could be fined as much as $11,000 while the driver could face fines up to $2,500.
Additionally, a texting truck driver could lose their CDL license—and thus their livelihood, for up to four months. The DOT went a step further,
banning all truck drivers from talking on a cell phone while driving unless they were using a hands-free device. This ban was a direct result of the
more than 5,000 fatalities attributed to trucking accidents involving a distracted truck driver in 2009
Make the fine big enough and it's not revenue collection for cheap shots anymore. It's a real way to stop the problem..
I hadn't really got to thinking about this much until this thread, but those regulations came out shortly before I got off the road. It had a VERY
strong chilling effect where I worked, actually.