It’s becoming a modern day issue and not just saved for the teenagers or drivers in personal vehicles--texting while driving is making headlines again as the head of the Boston transit authority has announced a ban on cell phones for all train, trolley, and bus operators. Last week, a 24-year-old trolley operator injured 49 people after crashing into another trolley while sending a text message to his girlfriend. Last September, 25 people were killed and 125 injured after a commuter train in California crashed after the engineer was sending and receiving text messages. There are a number of state laws restricting cell phone and texting use while driving.
Seventeen states plus the District of Columbia also ban cell phones for school bus drivers. Currently, there are no laws against cell phones for other operators of public transportation vehicles.
No matter who is behind the wheel, here are some tips for helping to reduce cell phone distractions:
Bottom line: Like the bumper sticker says, hang up and drive. Operating a phone in any fashion while driving can be a dangerous distraction.