What is more distracting when driving a car than having a conversation with a front-seat passenger? Trying to do the same while including the passengers in the back seat? A family discussing future vacation plans while mom or dad is driving on the freeway?
Washington (CNN) — A federal safety board called Tuesday for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text messaging devices while driving.
The recommendation is the most far-reaching yet by the National Transportation Safety Board, which in the past 10 years has increasingly sought to limit the use of portable electronic devices — recommending bans for novice drivers, school bus drivers and commercial truckers. Tuesday’s recommendation, if adopted by states, would outlaw non-emergency phone calls and texting by operators of every vehicle on the road.
The texting thing I can comprehend. Reading email while driving? Not a good thing. Browsing sports scores or stock quotes? Distracting and possibly dangerous. Conversation of any kind?
I’ve seen distracted drivers fail to notice stopped vehicles ahead, and anecdotally, in every case, they were talking to me while driving. They look at you to see of you’re listening, motion with their hands to point out objects along the road. Even look behind them at children in the back seat.
As one NTSB official states;
“This (distracted driving) is becoming the new DUI. It’s becoming epidemic,” said NTSB member Robert Sumwalt
So it’s distracted driving they want to outlaw? What about this?
It would apply to hands-free as well as hand-held devices, but devices installed in the vehicle by the manufacturer would be allowed, the NTSB said.
So, if the maker of the vehicle installs the hands-free device, you are no longer distracted?
What a load of crap!
These Washington bureaucrats need to find some reason in a time of dwindling resources to justify their existence, and finding more and more ways to make us think they’re working toward our absolute safety is one way they do it.
So, arguing with the kids while driving? Not a problem, yet. Bluetooth in the ear? You could end up like this;
- No Calls in Cars, Even Hands-Free: NTSB Wants U.S.-Wide Cellphone Ban (mashable.com)
- ‘No Text Worth a Human Life’: NTSB Calls for Ban on Distracted Driving (abcnews.go.com)
- Watch Out, Drivers: NTSB Wants To Ban Cell Phone Use (Even Hands-Free) While At The Wheel (laist.com)