NTSB seeks elimination of distracted driving in the U.S.

NTSB seeks elimination of distracted driving in the U.S.
The NTSB is seeking the elimination on distracted driving, mostly through a nationwide ban on the use of non-essential electronic devices while driving. That includes personal electronic devices (PEDs) such as cellphones, navigation systems and messaging devices. According to a survey done by AAA, 70% of drivers admitted to talking on their cellphone while driving over the past 30 days. 25% confessed that they sent a text while driving over the same time period, while 35% read a text or email while driving over the last month.

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

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14 Comments

1. Rydsmith unregistered

So billboards will finally disappear, or do those make too much money to be a "distraction?"

4. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Eliminate navigation systems???

6. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

It's the flintstones' car! http://goo.gl/xvdmGd

7. spin9

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?

8. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

lolz!

2. electrophage

Posts: 73; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Stupid laws are as bad as crime. The clock isn't going to be turned back. Period

3. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

So, cars will be stripped of the sound system, HVAC and vanity mirrors? It's the dawn of a new era in America! An era that I'd rather pass.

5. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

But how will I know when I need to cut across three lanes of traffic on the freeway with 1/4 mile until my exit if I can't use my GPS while text my girlfriend in the morning while shaving in the mirror?

9. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Why bother texting your girlfriend while she's shaving? ;-)

10. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

So ultimately radios, navigation systems, climate control buttons, cup holders, talking while driving will all have to be banned just so some control obsessed bureaucrat can feel important.

11. p51d007

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?

12. johnriii

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".

13. DFranch

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.

14. ibap

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.

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