Distracted driving is risky for the operator of any vehicle in Kentucky, but particularly for those behind the wheel of tractor-trailers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines a distraction as any activity that could take the driver’s focus off the road. The agency notes that there are three types of distractions. The first, manual, refers to an activity that physically causes a driver to take a hand off the wheel. A visual distraction is an activity that diverts the driver’s eyes. Lastly, distracting a driver cognitively means the person’s mental focus is not on driving.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that truckers who text and drive are breaking the law. The U.S. Department of Transportation mandates that truck operators are not permitted to type on or read from an electronic device while driving.
Using a cellphone is just one of the many distractions that can take a driver’s eyes off the road. Truckers may also engage in the following:
Truckers are responsible for not only the large and potentially hazardous loads they carry, but also for the safety of themselves and others on the road. Engaging in these behaviors is flirting with disaster.