The state of Florida is getting tough on distracted commercial drivers. Earlier this week, the Governor signed a Highway Safety Bill that makes it illegal for bus drivers, truckers, and other commercial vehicle operators to use a handheld cellphone to talk or text. Hands-free devices will still be allowed. In addition to issuing a whopping $500 citation to the drivers responsible for the transgression, fleet operators would also be susceptible to a $2,750 ticket. That latter number could increase to $11,000 if a driver is ticketed three times. The Department of Transportation and the Florida Truckers Association back the measure, which brings Florida in line with federal guidelines for commercial driving.
For more about the measure, follow this link.