In recent years, California has significantly strengthened its laws on
cell phone use behind the wheel. The state now bans texting and handheld
cellphone use by all drivers.
Yet, due to a number of exceptions written into the law, school bus and
transit drivers are still permitted to use their phones. The law simply
requires the cellphone activity to be connected to their job duties.
As 10News.com reports, the loophole came to light after a student took
a cellphone video of a Florida bus driver texting while driving. The footage
shows the driver steering the bus with her knee while she texts. Not surprisingly,
the bus weaves in and out of the lane.
While many San Diego parents assume that California school bus drivers
could not get away with such risky behavior, the truth is that their cellphone
use may not be illegal. The discovery has spurred driving safety advocates
to close loopholes in the state’s distracted driving laws.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego motor
vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to
contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.