MO Highway Patrol says enforcing new commercial texting while driving ban will be tough
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MO Highway Patrol says enforcing new commercial texting while driving ban will be tough

Date: January 26, 2010
By: Max Reiss
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  Missouri's top law enforcement agency says it will be tough to to nab truckers texting behind the wheel.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: It won't be easy.

That's what the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Tim Hull says about catching truckers and charter bus drivers who text behind the wheel.

Actuality:  HULL1.WAV
Run Time:  00:03
Description: "It will be difficult to see up inside the tractor trailers."

The new federal law took affect Tuesday.

Hull said another problem is figuring out which drivers are texting and who is just dialing a phone number.

According to the patrol, it will be easiest to enforce after a serious accident when troopers could access cell phone data records.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

 

Intro:  Enforcing a federal texting while driving law for commercial drivers will be easiest when serious accidents occur.
RunTime:  0:41
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The worse the accident, the better it is for the Missouri State Highway Patrol to dish out tickets for distracted driving.

That's what the Patrol's Tim Hull says about enforcing the new federal ban that started Tuesday aimed at cracking down on truckers and charter bus drivers texting while driving.

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Run Time:  00:13
Description: "If they're involved in a traffic. . . crash, and someone is injured or killed we're gonna be able to obtain the, the data. . . records from a text message or a phone call, either one."

Hull says troopers will also have a tough time looking up into truck cabins to see if the driver is texting.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


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