Poll: 'No Call, No Text, No Update' for Drivers?

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday a ban against most portable electronic devices for those behind the wheel. What do you think?

The National Transportation Safety Board is seeking a first-ever nationwide ban of personal electronic devices for drivers, according to a news release published Tuesday.

This would even include hands-free cellphones.

"According to NHTSA, more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents," said Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman in the release. "It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving.

"No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life."

The recommendation — which is nonbinding and leaves it up to each state to decide — was announced the same day the board discussed an August 2010 multiple vehicle crash blamed on texting that involved a school bus on I-44 in Missouri. Two died and 38 were injured.

"The NTSB's investigation revealed that the pickup driver sent and received 11 text messages in the 11 minutes preceding the accident," the news release said. "The last text was received moments before the pickup struck the truck-tractor."

The proposal also calls for increased enforcement and public campaigns to publicize any new law, the release said.

"The data is clear; the time to act is now. How many more lives will be lost before we, as a society, change our attitudes about the deadliness of distractions?" Hersman said.

Erich Von Zipper December 14, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Yes, many great comments here from sensible people. Distracted driving is distracted driving regardless of the source. For some reason there is a movemnet to blame it on cell phones rather than the real source of the problem. Famed drunk and rock and roller Jim Morrison said it best when he said "Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel".
fyi December 14, 2011 at 05:40 PM
We do not need new laws, and worse, laws disguised as regulations, every time a little girl falls down a well or someone breaks a fingernail. This is all about control and the destruction of liberty and our Constitution. Wake up America, these laws set precedence for more laws. Do I think seat belts are a good idea???? Of course! Should it be a law? NO!!!!!!!!!! That is just the tip of the iceberg. Stop the madness! You can not legislate the populace to perfect safety and good behavior. End the attack on liberty with victimless crimes. Outlawing cell phone use in and of itself is philosophically ludicrous. Prosecuting someone for negligent driving after injuring someone else by using a cell phone inappropriately as a component of that negligence is the proper legal route. Though it may be unpopular in our skewed societal perception even drunk or impaired driving should be treated in this same, constitutionally consistent way. There are risks in a free society. The loss of liberty and empowerment of government is far more frightening than the risks associated with interacting with free citizens. Even the stupid or evil ones... In the words of Dennis Miller - 'Life is tough, wear a cup"
Clinton Baller December 14, 2011 at 05:59 PM
The independent members of the NTSB are, of course, morons with hidden agendas. Luckily, we can depend on the high-mindedness and integrity of our hard-working members of Congress and state legislatures to protect our God given rights.
Lewis Stevens December 14, 2011 at 06:06 PM
I don't think the motivation is to save lives. I think it gives police free and open reason to pull you over and give you a ticket and generate revenue. Just saying.
Jan Cartwright December 15, 2011 at 04:59 PM
The last thing we need are more regulations that affect people who are responsible and follow the rules. Haven't we learned over time that such regulation will have little to no effect on those who will fail to be responsible regardless?


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