U.S. DOT Bans the Use of Hand-Held Mobile Phones Beginning January 3, 2012
No driver shall use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving a commercial motor vehicle. A commercial motor vehicle is defined by US DOT as a vehicle with a single or combined GVWR, or actual weight of over 10,000# utilized in interstate commerce.
Use of hand held mobile telephone means:
1. Using at least one hand to hold a mobile telephone to conduct a voice communication;
2. Dialing or answering a mobile telephone by pressing more than a single button, or
3. Reaching for a mobile telephone in a manner which requires a driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated position.
Penalty: Driver is disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for 60 days with the second offense in 3 years (120 days for each subsequent offense within 3 years). Only applies if violation occurred while driving a CMV.