Texting while driving has been banned by the U.S. government for all drivers of large commercial trucks and buses in order to avoid the danger of a collision due to a driver taking their eyes off the road in order to text. The prohibition was set in place in January and follows similar guidelines to the ban of texting while driving in all federal government vehicles. The National Safety Council, a research advocacy group, estimates that 200,000 crashes of all types on U.S. roads are caused by drivers who are texting. Over 12 states have taken action to ban texting while driving, and many more are considering following suit. The new ban carries fines of up to $2,750.