When sitting at a stoplight or in a traffic jam, it can be tempting for
many people to glance at their phone. Some people send a quick text message,
and others might place a call as the traffic crawls along. While this
is tempting, especially for truck and commercial drivers who are often
on the road all day, it is now illegal in New York for commercial drivers
to send text messages or call using handheld cellphones.
Both drivers and the companies they work for can be fined by the states
and the federal government for violating these laws. Not only can CDL
holders face fines, but they might face restrictions of their license
if they violate certain laws while on the road.
People with commercial driver licenses are often held to a higher standard
of driving, both when driving for their company and while driving their
personal vehicle. Certain violation accusations in New York can result
in consequences for a driver, threatening their ability to continue work
as a commercial driver.
Those accused of traffic violations including texting while driving, talking
on the cell phone and more severe offenses like drunk driving, might be
wise to speak with an attorney in New York who has experience handling
traffic violation cases. They can help a driver understand their rights
and clear their name of wrongdoing. Sometimes people from out-of-state
also receive violations, and might have difficulty defending their rights
if they are not able to attend court dates in person. An attorney can
help out-of-state drivers understand their options.
Source: Pressconnects.com, "Truckers face fines for phoning in NY traffic
jams," Michael Virtanen, Associated Press, Oct. 29, 2013