Following a series of deadly crashes caused by drivers multi-tasking while driving, U.S. safety regulators want to get texting and talking while driving to be banned. In other words, don’t text and drive!
On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety stated that texting, emailing or chatting while driving should not be allowed anywhere in the United States. In consequence, the authority voiced by Chairwoman Deborah Hersman urged all U.S. states to impose total bans, except for emergencies.
We all know that using our smartphones while driving is no smart thing to do, but the problem at hand is the authority is planning to ban even our hands-free devices. Now, that’s a change that most Americans will never agree to.
Hersman said: “It may seem like it’s a very quick call, a very quick text, a tweet or an update, but accidents happen in the blink of an eye”. She explained that a lot of data has been involved in the board’s decision and after looking at a lot of accidents, they have reached the conclusion that “a lot of times the distraction that’s there is not just about manipulating something”.
According to a survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about two out of 10 American drivers and send messages or emails while driving. At the same time, half of the drivers between 21 and 24 use their phones for texting, chatting, updating Facebook statuses, publishing tweets and sending emails. The data also shows that last year, nearly one in every 100 car drivers was texting, emailing, surfing the Web or otherwise using a hand-held electronic device.
A Transportation Department report shows that more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in the United States in 2010.
At the moment the laws are pretty strict as it they are. There 35 states and the District of Columbia which carry a ban on texting while driving, while nine states and Washington D.C. ban hand-held cellphone use. Then you’ve got 30 states which ban complete cellphone use for beginning drivers. So, if with these regulations in place, why would something more drastic would work in remembering drivers to focus on the road and wheel and not on their phone’s keyboard?