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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

NTSB Pushes Complete Ban on Phones While Driving, Even Hands-Free

NTSB, which reviews safety issues for transportation, is urging states to enact laws that fully ban the use of phones while driving, even hands-free devices.

While texting and holding a phone have been linked to various accidents, is the NTSB being reasonable when pushing a ban on talking with a hands-free device?

What about police officers, firefighters, truck drivers and first responders?  Has the use of radio systems created more accidents by them?

What should be allowed and not allowed?


Anonymous said...

banning texting is one thing, banning phone calls is another. you can see the road and talk at the same time.

Anonymous said...

While texting is obviously the worst, there have been studies that show an increase in accidents w/ any type of distraction, including talking on a cell phone -- more w/ handheld but still w/ hands free as well. Talking on the phone is different from talking to somebody in the car -- they can also react to the road, other cars, etc. The person at the other end of the phone doesn't, and the driver's focus is split. That increases reaction time, and the chance of an accident. So the NTSB is doing its job and recommending the SAFE way. And the American people and our representatives will do their job and ignore them.

Anonymous said...

More government intrusion into our lives. We will NEVER learn until we collapse. And then it will be too late.

Anonymous said...

You're right. What the heck is the government thinking, trying to keep us from killing ourselves and others with our stupidity? If I want to talk on my phone or send texts and ignore the road, I should be able to. And if I want to do it while sipping on a beer, that's my business. We should get rid of all the laws that restrict what I do in my car. No breathalyzers. No DUI laws. No speed limits. Get rid of those stupid red octagonal signs. Brakes should be optional equipment on my car -- if I don't want to stop, I shouldn't have to!