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Patch's Poll: Should Cell Phone Use By Drivers Be Completely Banned?

NTSB makes recommendation after investigating 2010 crash that killed 2 and injured 38.

On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that states prohibit all drivers from using portable electronic devices such as cellphones while behind the wheel.

An estimated 3,092 traffic fatalities in 2010 were blamed on distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than one in six drivers send text messages while driving, and nearly half of drivers less than 25 years old are doing it, according to a NHTSA survey released last week, according to an article in USA Today.

What do you think? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

 

Jerrica Watrous December 15, 2011 at 07:32 PM
No I do not think the use of cell phones should be banned. If this really was about safety, then other distractions should be considered, like eating while driving, driving with kids in the car, and having conversations with other passengers. If talking on the phone while using a Bluetooth device is so dangerous, then talking while driving should be banned period. Another question I have is, how are they going to know I'm talking on the phone? Am I going to pulled over for singing or talking to myself while driving? (c'mon you know you do it too). I believe this proposed law goes too far, and it really has more to do with another way for them to make money. I also believe, you can talk and drive responsibly, especially with some of today's latest technology.
--Robert December 15, 2011 at 11:50 PM
It's a slippery slope for the NTSB to start on. If it becomes law in many states as they've suggested, it will necessarily apply to many other devices in our cars. DVD players, GPS systems, heads up displays- heck have you seen a BMW I-Drive screen? There are many many built-in things that are in cars now that rival the road for our attention. Some give text readouts of trouble codes. Are we going to be pulled over for having a check engine light go on? The technology moves faster than the legislation. The manufacturers offer devices that fall outside the rules or into grey areas. If there is a total ban on electronics it will probably mean you can't legally change songs on your Ipod plugged into the radio front panel jack... or maybe even change the stations! Be careful what you wish for!
Larry Erhart December 16, 2011 at 12:08 AM
The way this question is asked "completely be banned" is the issue with me. If you have purchased a hand's free device, a blue tooth ear piece, a dash board hand's free built -in device, then you are legal in the state of Connecticut. This would be bad legislation considering the state governments require drivers to purchase hand's free device. If the law only applies to hand held cell phones then I agree with the law.
Valerie December 16, 2011 at 02:10 AM
You can't legislate common sense. Screaming kids are a distraction, so is driving with your dog across your lap hanging out the driver's window. If you can't walk and chew gum at the same time chances are you shouldn't be driving and chewing gum either.
Steve Bristol December 16, 2011 at 05:36 PM
Valerie, Here's a good article on the matter: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/12/16/ntsb-cell-use-ban-proposal-an-overreaction-and-a-waste-of-time/

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