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Reaction to Commercial Cell Phone Ban Mixed

(Springfield, MO) -- A new ban on cell phones for commercial drivers is only a few days old, and the reaction is mixed.

(Springfield, MO) -- A new ban on cell phones for commercial drivers is only a few days old, and the reaction is mixed.

The law prohibits commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held mobile phones while they're behind the wheel.

The law prohibits drivers from reaching for, holding or dialing a mobile phone while driving. The ban applies when the truck is moving on the highway or temporarily stopped for traffic.

The American Trucking Association says it approves of the measure, but thinks it should apply to all drivers. The association also objects to a provision that holds companies liable when their drivers violate the law.

Some think the new law is unnecessary because there are so many other poor driving habits on the road. 

"If you're talking on the phone and looking straight ahead, and driving down the street, it's not much different than drinking a cup of coffee," says one driver. "If you're texting, you're looking down and not paying attention to where you're going."

Under the new rule, drivers can only use hands-free phones and headsets if the phone is in their reach while they are buckled up.

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