California Bans Cellphone Used by Trolley Drivers

Trolley and train drivers will no longer be able to use cellphones while operating cars

By Sarah Grieco
|  Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 10:16 AM PDT
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Cell phones are no longer permitted to use by trolley operators.

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State regulators have banned California train drivers from using cellphones in the wake of a deadly Los Angeles crash blamed on texting.

Federal regulators already have such a ban for national rails. The California ban extends that to regional lines such as the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, LA Metro and San Diego trolley.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday unanimously voted to ban use of cellphones, pagers, satellite phones and other personal electronic devices by rail transit personnel. It makes permanent an emergency ban already in place.

Cameras will be placed in train operator cabs to enforce the ban.

The ban was prompted by a 2008 head-on crash between a Metrolink commuter train and a freight train in Chatsworth. Twenty-five people died and more than 100 were hurt.


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