Truckers will get fined if texting behind the wheel.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 9:59am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:35am

We've all seen them, drivers who seem to be paying more attention to a text message than the road, but as NBC reporter Jay Gray tells us, the Federal government put up the first of what could be many road blocks to driving and texting.

This security video from inside and outside a bus in Texas shows how dangerous texting while driving can be. The U.S. Transportation Department is sending a strong message to distracted drivers which began on Tuesday. Any driver of a large truck or bus caught sending or reading text messages behind the wheel will face a major fine. Studies have shown drivers who text take their eyes off the road for more than 4 seconds, out of every 6 seconds they're sending a message. Driving at 55 miles an hour they would travel the length of a football field, including end zones, without looking where they were going. Drivers who text are 20 times more likely to get into an accident, which is why many want the new measure to cover even more of the road.

The fine for drivers texting while driving can reach up to $2,700 dollars.

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