Source: University of Nebraska

New federal regulations from the U.S. Department of Transportation went into effect Jan. 26 that prohibit drivers of commercial vehicles from texting and driving.

"We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe," said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. "This is an important safety step and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving."

The action is the result of the department's interpretation of standing rules. Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750.

Original press release