New rules have been published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) restricting text messages and the use of handheld mobile phones by drivers while driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Even if FedEx Ground ISP and CSP Independent Contractors operate under the FedEx Ground Authority, it is still important for you and all commercial drivers within your company to know and follow the rules, as the consequences can be extremely costly for your business.  Numbers Lie Lie
In a recent FMCSA study, they found that the odds of being involved in a safety-related incident (such as a crash, near-crash, or accidental lane departure) are 23.2 times greater. for commercial vehicle drivers who text while driving than for those who do not. Drivers who showed that the text took their eyes off the front lane took an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, this equates to a driver traveling 371
So what is considered sms when you drive?  So what exactly is considered "sms" while driving? Subtitling means manually entering text in, or reading a text from someone, on an electronic device. SMS also includes (but is not limited to), SMS, email, instant messaging, surfing the internet or viewing a web page, pressing more than a single button to initiate or end a call with a mobile phone or participate in any other form of electronic text retrieval or mail, for current or future communication. All of these examples are considered texting while driving or distracted driving, as it is often called, and must be avoided at all costs.
If there is a situation where you or one of your drivers get a text that must handled immediately, we always recommend that you tow your vehicle to the side of the road or into a rest area, anywhere that you consider a safe place to stop, then take out your phone and answer accordingly.
What are the consequences?
Fines and penalties can disqualify drivers for up to 120 days and cost you up to $ 2,750 for drivers and up to $ 11,000 for employers who allow or require drivers to use a handheld text message communication device while driving. If your FedEx Ground driver causes an accident, your non-life insurance and workers' compensation costs may increase. In addition, we all know about FedEx Ground replacement costs.
So please, drive safely, follow these rules and simply do not write or read a text message while driving! Visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/driver-safety/distracteddriving..0219659015 for more information on distracted driving.