NTSB recommends no texting while driving…

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NTSB: Drivers should be prohibited from all wireless phone use

King5 News:  Texting, emailing or using a cellphone while driving is simply too dangerous to be allowed anywhere, federal safety investigators declared Tuesday, recommending that all states impose a total ban except for emergencies.
Inspired by recent deadly crashes, the recommendation would apply even to hands-free devices, a much stricter rule than any current state law.  Washington state has laws against texting while driving and against driving while using a cell phone without a hands-free device.
The unanimous recommendation by the five-member National Transportation Safety Board (NTBS) would make an exception for devices deemed to aid driver safety such as GPS navigation systems.  Board chairman Deborah Hersman acknowledged the recommendation would be unpopular with many people and that complying would involve what has become ingrained behavior for many Americans.
While the NTSB doesn’t have the power to impose restrictions, its recommendations carry significant weight with federal regulators and congressional and state lawmakers. Another recommendation issued Tuesday urges states to aggressively enforce current bans on text messaging and the use of cellphones and other portable electronic devices while driving.
“We’re not here to win a popularity contest,” she said. “No email, no text, no update, no call is worth a human life.
Currently, 35 states ban texting while driving and some bar cellphone use or emailing with hand-held devices. But enforcement is generally not a high priority, and no states ban the use of hands-free devices.
Read the rest of the story here.
We all know texting while driving is dangerous.  So is drinking and driving.  So is turning around while in the front seat to break up a kids fight in the back seat.  Drivers have many distractions and are responsible for paying attention to the task at hand.  And as a driver, you are responsible for paying close attention to other cars around you.
If “no call is worth a human life” is the basis for this recommendation, what about all the other car accidents that occur?  No human life is worth someone looking down at the radio then slamming into another car?  No human life is worth someone speeding, losing control, and crashing into another car?  Shouldn’t we just ban cars altogether then?
There are folks that will ignore the driving while texting laws, possibly endangering many other drivers.  Sure, there are consequences for reckless driving, but that is no comfort to those that lose loved ones in car accidents.  When is the government going to realize you can’t regulate common sense?

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6 responses to “NTSB recommends no texting while driving…

  1. We have the ban in Vancouver Canada but nothing has changed. So many people who don’t drive well to begin with, still talk on their HAND HELD phones and pay no attention to the law.

  2. Which is more dangerous, talking, texting and tweeting on the road in your car while driving OR President Obama? Most of the people who have died at the hands of this President were talking texting and tweeting,right?

  3. “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
    –C.S. Lewis

  4. When people make a phone call and actually get through to the person they are trying to reach, it’s a good idea to ask ” is this a good time for me to call you” which gives the one receiving the call an opportunity to say, call me back later. Or I”ll call you back, or give me time to pull over to the side of the road and stop driving.
    Regular stuff. If it’s really bad traffic, let the phone just ring or turn it off. Now it’s got so busy bodies want to start making a meal out of this topic just like everything else. If you put the question of cell phones into the driving test questionaire, then anyone with a license to drive will have been informed about this subject in advance. Since it’s gotten so late in the day, why not make everyone with a driver’s license go to traffic school and have a couple sessions on the danger of talking etc on a cell phone, just like they do with traffic violations such as not stopping correctly etc. It could be done in conjuction with employers or the unemployment office or however else you can reach people so they have a chance to become familiar with this subject.
    Otherwise, the cell phone companies will just carry on putting out more and more sophisticated phones with gadgets that are irresistable to phone users, and the accidents will continue to grow in number.

  5. OH>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Maybe Light Squared will interfere so badly with everyone’s phones that the problem will be moot. Ho Ho Ho.

  6. It is true that the government cannot regulate common sense. But people keep on engaging in activities that place the life of their passengers and the public at risk. Common sense or not the reality is that people have died because of this inconsiderate activity. The ban on texting while driving is the only way to help save human lives.


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