CHARLOTTE, NC- Distracted drivers are a big concern… especially when they're operating the biggest vehicles on the road.
Larry Hiott is an instructor at TransTech, a truck driving school in West Charlotte.
He says first-time students come in with bad habits.
"We're trying to wean people off cell phones because they are addictive..
almost as bad as some drugs and people rely on them too much," said Hiott.
The stakes are high for truck drivers.
"They only get one chance. If they make a mistake with a tractor trailer.. it's usually a fatality,” said Hiott.
He tells his students they are 23 times more likely to get in a wreck while texting and six times more likely if they are just reaching for a cell phone.
When his students were asked if they use cell phones in their own cars, they were quick to raise their hands. But after this course, they may have to reconsider and make some changes to keep other drivers safe.
"Yeah that's a big difference. You got a lot of metal, a lot of weight… you gotta think about the stop and control.. the distance," said TransTech student, Rozell Washington.
TransTech says the new ban on talking could help emphasize its no cell phone rules already in place.
"Truckers shouldn't be on the cell phone because they do need to pay more attention to the road," said Washington.
They're not the only ones.
Other drivers support a possible ban.
"The reason I don't even talk on the phone that much is because I almost crashed doing it so it's more like a personal thing. Some people just are just not going to ever do it… some people just think it's fine," Joshua Byous, a South Charlotte resident.
Those drivers would face a hundred dollar fine if the bill passes.