Stop Distracted Driving

July 20, 2016

Certified Driver’s License (CDL) holders have special responsibilities on the road. Distracted driving has been and always will be a huge a safety concern here at Shepherd Insurance. With the widespread increase in cell phone use over the past decade, we have increased our focus on the hazard of distracted drivers. It is universally recognized that hand-held mobile device usage, especially texting and gaming, while driving greatly increases the risk of an accident. In fact, texting while driving is so distracting studies have shown it to be as dangerous as drunk driving.

When you are distracted behind the wheel, you’re not only putting yourself in danger but you’re also endangering the lives of those sharing the road with you. As a CDL holder, you have certain responsibilities that regular license holders do not have. While any distraction behind the wheel is a potential hazard, some distractions may even be illegal.

DOT Regulation

In an effort to reduce accidents caused by distracted driving, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has banned the use of all hand-held mobile phones by interstate commercial drivers. This means that you cannot place calls, receive calls or text while driving.

To use hand-held mobile devices, you need to pull over to the side of the road. Once parked in an area where your vehicle can safely remain stationary, you may use hand-held devices.

Hands-Free Devices

Drivers may continue to use hands-free devices, but only if they do not cause a distraction. Points to remember:

  • It is illegal to dial calls, provided dialing requires the driver to push more than one button.
  • In order to answer the call, the cell phone must be within a driver’s reach, easily accessible.
  • CB radios, two-way radios, and walkie-talkies are permitted.
  • Drivers are allowed to use a hand-held mobile device in cases of emergency, so long as they are notifying law enforcement or other emergency services.
  • Certain states do have outright bans on the use of cellphones; be aware of the laws in your area of operations.


Our company strives to align itself with any and all government regulation that affects our operations. In an effort to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for all, you are expected to follow all DOT rules on cell phone use while driving.

For additional information:

Contact Steve Smith, Director of Transportation, or contact your Shepherd Insurance representative for more information.


SOURCE: Zywave, Inc.