Penalties for texting and driving may need be heightened
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:29:00 GMT — ABC -- We all know that texting and driving is dangerous, but what happens when truck drivers take their eyes off the road? It may be a bigger problem than we think.
This video of a distracted truck driver in Arizona shows him allegedly looking at pictures on his phone when he crashed into police cars and emergency vehicles, killing one officer.
The driver has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.
It seems epidemic.
Truckers on major U.S. Highways texting or talking on the phone.
On a New York highway, one trucker appears to be more focused on texting than driving. If he had been caught by police, he would have been fined $150 and given five points on his license.
One of the worst cases is when a driver engaged in dual distraction as he talks on two phones, carrying on two conversations.
The camera was set up on highways, and easily caught truckers dialing, texting and talking on their phones.
It's illegal for sure, but also potentially deadly.
With this information, it begs the question, are penalties strict enough for texting and driving?