Nationwide no texting law goes into effect for buses and commercial trucks

otto Newsflash: Sending text messages while driving is dangerous. There’s really no safe way to send a text while behind the wheel unless you’re at a stoplight or pulled over.

And while there’s no nationwide texting ban for regular drivers, Uncle Sam has just decreed that anyone driving a large commercial truck or bus anywhere in the country can be fined up to $2,750 if caught texting while in motion.

According to Reuters, “research by trucking regulators” indicates that sending and receiving text messages causes drivers to take their eyes off the road and that drivers who text while on the road “are significantly more at risk of getting into an accident than someone who is not texting.”

Why this theory needed to be backed up by actual research is unclear.

U.S. bans texting by truckers, bus drivers [Reuters]