This ban is in the same category as the texting. IT IS NO LONGER LEGAL TO USE A HANDHELD CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING A COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE. This rulemaking will improve safety on our nation’s highways by reducing the prevalence of distracted driving-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving drivers of CMVs. Through the Safety Measurement System (SMS) violating this law is a violation that will affect your personal score. This will stay on your SMS record for 36 months and the company’s for 24 months. A driver can be fined up to $2,750 and a motor carrier up to $11,000 for violating the ban.