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NTSB wants to ban all cellphone use in cars by drivers

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Dec 2011, 19:41

While Florida will argue next month on whether or not it will be the 36th state to ban texting while driving, the NTSB recdcomends a ban on drivers using cellphones unless there is an emergency; the NTSB recommendation still would need to be turned into legislation to have the force of law...

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posted on 13 Dec 2011, 20:25

1. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Question to Alan:

I have no problem with a ban on most of the listed items. However, what about the use of a Bluetooth? Is there mention of such allowance? The article doesn't specify.

The total across the board ban seems pretty harsh for today's business people. I'm on the road half the day and to eliminate communication to the office would impede productivity. Obviously, safety is a concern, but eliminating all communication in today's business world, is a step backward.

John B.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 21:26

2. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

So because someone uses their phone irresponsibly, someone wants to recommend that all usage of phones be banned altogether. Hmmm... I wonder what other controversial topic this sounds like...

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 22:07

3. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)

This is a total bad except for emergency usesage. Really it's a ban of everything but GPS and the radio. The funny thing is how many people with smart phones use them as GPS when they drive, I know I do mine. Hands free headsets are a joke. NHTSB has said that in a report that they don't make anything safer. Really it's just a way to give tickets. stThey're also trying to make cell makers put a chip in it so when it's going faster then 20 or so that it kills the phone. A problem is that it wouldn't be able to tell between passenger and driver.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 00:54

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Even with a ban, people will still do the deed. California has a ban on cellular telephone use while driving unless you have some sort of handsfree (Bluetooth or similar) capability. I really don't see much of a reduction in people driving and talking on the telephone (one hand on the steering wheel and the other holding a cellular telephone) in the S.F. Bay Area.

Unless you are going to mandate some technology to disable cellular phones once the car starts (and think of the howling that would result from such an intervention), an outright ban isn't going to work.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 02:41 1

5. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

I'm all for it! Bluetooth should be fine! But I have seen A LOT of people injured or killed from people texting or reading text while they drive. It's almost as bad as drunk drivers in fact it's almost becoming worse!
It seems that most of the car accidents I run on, are young kids between 16-20 that were playing with thier cell phones!!

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 19:35

8. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)

Bluetooth makes no difference. Holding you phone isn't the distraction or problem it's the fact that you're talking. Even the NHTB says that says that these laws don't do anything.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 10:28

6. captn3x (Posts: 46; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)

I agree that blue tooth devices should be mandatory since anytime you look down at your phone to dial or text, or even look something up is just asking for trouble. But if a full out ban is to be called for then people shouldn't be allowed to eat in the car or even adjust the radio. scanning through your ipod or wiping up ketchup from your shirt is just as dangerous.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 14:36

7. nickjjay (Posts: 79; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

Its about time! They've been needing to make this a national standard for a long time. Please alow bluetooth though.

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