Many car makers have recently been touting the amount of electronics in their cars. Many vehicles now come with voice-activated and hands-free cell phone dialing. Some come with voice-to-text text messaging. Some even allow you to update your Facebook status or tweet while driving.
Unfortunately for these auto companies, the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) recently recommended a full ban on cell phone use while driving. This recommendation was made in light of new research showing that cell phone use while driving, both hand-held and hands-free, is as dangerous as drunk driving.
Currently 37 states ban either texting or hand-held cell phone use while driving. But, will we ever see a national ban such as the one suggested by the NTSB? Pat Goss weighs in with his thoughts.
So, even though a national cell phone ban is unlikely, please stay safe and remember that no call or text is worth your life!
You have questions, Pat Goss has answers.
Recently, the NTSB recommended banning all cell phone technology in cars. Is this ever going to happen?
The recommendation on banning all cell phone use, what a wonderful idea but its an idea that… well it passed a long time ago, the opportunity passed. It’s something that should have been put in place before cell phones became such an integral part of our lives. Today it would be so impractical that it doesn’t really make sense. Do we think that handheld use, holding the phone to your ear that that will probably go away? Yeah, I expect that it will over time because most states, even some counties are enacting rules that prevent the use or ban the use of handheld cell phones and make it hands free, but still in all it’s a distraction