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Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby jimmy4321 » Aug 11th, 2017, 9:15 am

I bet most of the time if i look up to see who's driving the commercial vehicle next to me, the driver will have a phone to his left ear without a care in the world. Do these guys ever get stopped for this?
Local/nationwide companies no real difference.
There's no need or excuse as there's portable and hardwire kits for handsfree.

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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby Bsuds » Aug 11th, 2017, 9:18 am

I always contact the Company and advise them of dangerous driver.

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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby jimmy4321 » Aug 11th, 2017, 9:23 am

I know a few across the country who drive so I understand it IS necessary to talk while driving in that business but handfree is so easy nowadays. So whether you own/lease a truck or bounce around truck to truck there's many products available.

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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby neilsimon » Aug 11th, 2017, 10:16 am

jimmy4321 wrote:I know a few across the country who drive so I understand it IS necessary to talk while driving in that business but handfree is so easy nowadays. So whether you own/lease a truck or bounce around truck to truck there's many products available.

Hands free is only a bit safer than hands held devices. If one needs to carry on a conversation, why can't they pull over and do so from a stopped vehicle?

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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby Bsuds » Aug 11th, 2017, 10:34 am

neilsimon wrote: why can't they pull over and do so from a stopped vehicle?


Where would you like to see an 18 wheeler pull over on the Hwy? Even away from populated areas there are very few pull outs and rest stops. At least with a hands free they could have both hands on the wheel.

You can order a hands free ear piece from China for less than $5 including shipping or a Radio with Bluetooth capabilities for less than $30.

There is no excuse!

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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby lightspeed » Aug 11th, 2017, 10:36 am

Smoking is also illegal in a commercial vehicle but you see it all the time.
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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby LTD » Aug 11th, 2017, 10:39 am

If you cant talk on a hands free device and drive please surrender your license

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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby jimmy4321 » Aug 11th, 2017, 10:52 am

neilsimon wrote:Hands free is only a bit safer than hands held devices. If one needs to carry on a conversation, why can't they pull over and do so from a stopped vehicle?


It requires me to push 1 button on my radio to answer the phone, the phone conversation is less engaging than one with a passenger with the gestures and this compelling need to make occasional eye contact.
For Business, people don't leave messages anymore, and I sure as heck ain't hiring to watch a phone.
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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby GordonH » Aug 11th, 2017, 10:54 am

Bsuds wrote:I always contact the Company and advise them of dangerous driver.


I take note if there is truck #, date & time. Either call or send an email to the company.
Been tempted to install second dash cam on back window (after passing the truck) just to give something to the police.

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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby Even Steven » Aug 11th, 2017, 10:56 am

I see lots of truck drivers with headsets. Most big rig drivers are responsible. It's the smaller trucks, delivery vans, car parts runners, etc. who don't give hoots about using hands free.
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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby lightspeed » Aug 11th, 2017, 11:57 am

LTD wrote:If you cant talk on a hands free device and drive please surrender your license


Plenty should. Good reading here if you're interested. It actually explains quite a lot of bad driving.

Link opens up a PDF.

http://www.nsc.org/DistractedDrivingDoc ... -Paper.pdf
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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby neilsimon » Aug 11th, 2017, 12:31 pm

LTD wrote:If you cant talk on a hands free device and drive please surrender your license

Of course I can drive as such, but statistics show that hands-free devices aren't hugely safer than hand-held devices. If you are driving and concentrating on a conversation, you are not giving your full attention to driving.

I can also drive drunk, on drugs, half-awake, etc. but none as safely as I can do while completely alert and single-mindedly focused on driving.

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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby GordonH » Aug 11th, 2017, 12:40 pm

LTD wrote:If you cant talk on a hands free device and drive please surrender your license

neilsimon wrote:Of course I can drive as such, but statistics show that hands-free devices aren't hugely safer than hand-held devices. If you are driving and concentrating on a conversation, you are not giving your full attention to driving.

I can also drive drunk, on drugs, half-awake, etc. but none as safely as I can do while completely alert and single-mindedly focused on driving.


Obvious difference neilsimon is one is illegal & other one is legal.

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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby neilsimon » Aug 11th, 2017, 12:58 pm

GordonH wrote:
LTD wrote:If you cant talk on a hands free device and drive please surrender your license

neilsimon wrote:Of course I can drive as such, but statistics show that hands-free devices aren't hugely safer than hand-held devices. If you are driving and concentrating on a conversation, you are not giving your full attention to driving.

I can also drive drunk, on drugs, half-awake, etc. but none as safely as I can do while completely alert and single-mindedly focused on driving.


Obvious difference neilsimon is one is illegal & other one is legal.

So? Just because something isn't illegal doesn't mean that it is a good idea.

BTW, there have been numerous calls for the banning of all cell-phone and similar use, hands-free or not, as it is proven to be relatively dangerous to use such while driving.

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Re: Commercial Drivers Cell Phone Use

Postby jimmy4321 » Aug 11th, 2017, 1:00 pm

It would be very bad news for many small businesses.
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