What makes this frightening is a NHTSA 2013 report saying that those who engage in such tasks as typing and driving, at the same time, are three times as likely to get into an accident. Another report, this one from AAA, says that a driver is similarly distracted whether using a hand held or hands free phone.
The report cited a couple of crashes, including one that involved an EMS helicopter that went down on August 26th, 2011. The pilot, two flight crew members, and a patient were killed. The pilot was inattentive and was in the midst of texting when the crash occurred. On September 12, 2008, a commuter train and freight train collided head-on killing 25. The commuter train engineer was texting at the time, according to the NTSB.
Past studies have shown that high-visibility enforcement of laws that prohibit talking and texting while driving, have been effective. The NTSB says that the U.S. needs a cultural shift to stop the use of PEDs while driving. The agency is calling for stronger enforcement and education.
source: NTSB via Crackberry
So billboards will finally disappear, or do those make too much money to be a "distraction?"
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 4:56 PM 4
Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013
Eliminate navigation systems???
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 5:20 PM 4
Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014
You will have a tracking device and a killing switch on your car but you'll not use navigation? Things go better and better. What's the opinion of NTSB for the HUD, is it a distraction for the pilots or not?
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 5:43 PM 4
Posts: 703; Member since: Nov 24, 2013
Well then, I suggest law enforcement should NOT be allowed to use their computers, or radios, truckers give up CB radios, amateur radio operators, a lot who do tornado spotting, give up their radios, ambulances, fire trucks should give up their radios. Also make it illegal to eat while driving, putting on makeup while driving, talking to others while driving, and of course, outlaw car stereos while driving. As a matter of fact, if the NTSB wants to guarantee no one gets hurt with distracted driving, they should eliminate ALL vehicles and make people walk, ride the bus, train or plane to get from point A to point B. How much more of this CRAP are we the she*ple going to take before we say enough is enough from these government agencies, that are ILLEGAL according to the Constitution, and do not directly report to the citizens? Is anyone going to stand up to these bureaucrats, who, will make it illegal for anyone to do anything, BUT OF COURSE, exempt themselves from the law?
posted on Sep 15, 2014, 9:30 PM 2
Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011
welp...here we go. while i believe that texting and driving is definately an idiot move, there is no possible way they can determine how much more dangerous talking on the phone is than talking to a passenger in the back seat, or changing your radio station, or even turning on your windshield wipers. in my own experience, I find that I'm MORE focused while talking on the phone, primarily because i know I need to be. maybe i'm the extreme exception to the rule, and I never ever text while in a moving car. but yeah, I'm in trouble because I do drink coffee, eat a donut, and listen to sports talk radio while I'm driving...all of which could be a "distraction".
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 7:14 AM 1
Posts: 533; Member since: Apr 20, 2012
So I can't talk even hands free? Whats next, will I get pulled over because I was talking to a passenger in my car. How about my radio? that can be distracting, are we going to remove them as well? They are non essential.
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 7:33 AM 1
Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009
Car manufacturers will lobby for their built-in navigation systems so that they are the only thing left that you can use. Easy-peasy - if there is an accident and there is a phone in the car belonging to the driver, you can subpoena the phone records and see if there was activity. Anyone found guilty of helping the driver circumvent the law (like by giving the driver their phone to use while moving) gets the same penalty. Loss of license permanently and impounding of the car - regardless of who owns it. Non-built-in navigation needs to be mounted, and not be changeable while moving. Try to tell me that a driver juggling paper maps is less distracted than one with a navigation system.
posted on Sep 16, 2014, 10:05 AM 0
Send a warning to post author
Send a warning to Selected user.
The user has 0 warnings currently.
Next warning will result in ban!
Ban user and delete all posts
Message to PhoneArena moderator (optional):