No cellphones on duty, will track calls: Rlys to train drivers


India may be late in recognising the link between train accidents and mobile phones. Across the world, this has been identified as a menace and dos and don'ts have been codified in all modern railway systems.

In the US, train drivers are not allowed to carry mobile phones, let alone use them. In 2008, 25 people were killed in Los Angeles when a train missed a red signal and crashed into a freight train. It turned out that the driver was busy sending text messages. In 2011, the Japan Central Railway Company checked on drivers of bullet-trains and standard services and found eight had been using mobile phones while driving.

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