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Fed safety agency recommends banning cellphone use, texting by truckers, commercial drivers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) ' Lynn Murphy doesn't like using his cellphone while hauling a load in his truck, but sometimes a call for directions or instructions is necessary.
Murphy, a 66-year-old driver from St. Louis, likes having the option and isn't happy about a proposal by the National Transportation Safety Board to ban cellphone calls and text messaging by commercial truck and bus drivers.
The NTSB's proposal, issued Tuesday, goes farther than any prior attempt made by the agency to regulate cellphone use by commercial drivers. It came in the wake of a hearing in Washington after ruling a truck driver using his cellphone caused a crash that killed 11 people on a Kentucky interstate in 2010.
Investigators say Kenneth Laymon had just made a call that lasted one second at the time of the crash.