Monday, January 23, 2012

National Transportation Board Endorses The Forbidding Of Cell Phone Use By Drivers


States should forbid the use of mobile phones and other portable electronic devices while driving unless it is an emergency, says the National Transportation Board.

This advice for State officials forbidding the use of both hands-free and handheld phones is a response a fatal highway pileup in Missouri on August 5, 2010. After a thorough investigation, the board found out that the initial collision in the accident near Gray Summit, Mo., was caused by a 19-year-old-pickup driver who wasn’t fully paying attention to driving.

Travelling at 85 km/hr, the pickup slammed into the back of a tractor truck that had reduced its speed because of highway construction ahead. The pickup was then sandwiched between the bus that was driving behind him; and another, second bus slammed into the back of the first bus.

The 19-year-old pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on one of the buses were killed. Thirty-eight others were injured.

Caring less will sure lead you to accident

The two buses, carrying around 50 students from Gray Summit, Mo., were bound for Six Flags St. Lois amusement park.

Although it is unknown whether the pickup driver was actually using his mobile phone at the moment of the accident, the investigation found out that the teenager sent or received 11 text messages in the 11 minutes leading up to the crash.

At a meeting to determine the cause of the accident and make safety recommendations, NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman said that the accident is a “big red flag for all drivers,” and it was clear that the mobile phone of the pickup driver clearly distracted the driver manually, cognitively and visually.

The board recommends that drivers have to be forbidden to use any type of electronic device while at the wheel. Although the NTSB doesn’t have the authority to dictate any laws, its recommendations would be seriously considered by federal regulators and congressional and state lawmakers.

At the moment, Missouri already forbids the use of mobile phones for drivers below 21 years old but wasn’t enforcing it seriously enough said Rober Sumwalt, one of the board members. 

“Without strict enforcement, the laws don’t mean a whole lot,” he concluded.

Over the years, the board has investigated several other accidents where the use of portable electronic devices was the cause of the incident: a commuter rail accident caused by the train engineering who was texting, killing 25; a fatal marine accident in Philadelphia in which a tugboat pilot was talking on his cell phone while simultaneously using a laptop, and a Northwest Airlines flight that overflew 100 miles past its destination because both pilots were busy on their laptops. While these events always happen, be sure to get your cheap car insurance, on top of everything, it can help you save more. To prevent you being involve in any type of vehicular accident, follow the law and avoid texting while driving.

30 comments:

  1. Why can't they use handsfree for it, the driver should know the limit of his speed

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  2. That's one of the saddest part. Drivers are sometimes unconscious to their actions, and sometimes neglect simple safety driving precautions.

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  3. While National Transportation Board is just endorsing, here in Alberta, Canada, we have this law in effect since last September. Simply don't pick up the phone or use a hands-free device. Otherwise the call will cost you 172$..

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  4. I guess it should be implemented since there are a lot of cellular phones-related incidents

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  5. I absolutely agree, we also have a law regarding that here, but implementation is worst in our country. Ask our police officers.

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  6. As much as possible, we must avoid using mobile phones while driving. And yes, look for cheap car insurance, as it will help you when time comes you need it most.

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  7. I am with you Tristan. A cheap car insurance will always help you at times like this.

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  8. This is quite relevant since used of cellphone cause a lot of car accidents these days involves driver using mobile phones while driving. Hope, this law should be implemented strictly. :)

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  9. Its so amazing, I found this link

    http://www.insuredirect.com/senator-fights-driver-texting-proposed-legislation

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  10. Good article. We are all guilty of this at some point or another. Many people need to realize the dangers of using their phone while driving.

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  11. This is a huge issue. Glad you're shining some light on it. Hopefully it will help some to see the dangers of texting and driving.

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  12. A good friend of mine has started a "Drop and Drive" campaign in Canada and it is really started to get some attention..so many tragic deaths that could have been prevented!

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  13. Alarming news and truth. A lot of motorists commit this sort of violation to oneself - as they are putting themselves into a crystal clear danger. More than campaign, so that people would see the importance of life, the subject goes down to implementation and the will of the implementers.

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  14. I totally agree with this. I don' know why some people are still persistent with it given the dangers.

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  15. It would be to ban cell phones while driving, in France there is the same problem and many accidents because of it. I don't understand why car companies do not necessarily provide a hands-free on all new vehicles at least.

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  16. People, do you think that banning of cellphones would surely minimize the problem in traffic collision? Any ideas on how to minimize more car accidents? Is your idea implemented in your state/country? I'd like to hear your thoughts :)

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  17. using phone while driving causes many accident the government should make a move regarding this issue

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  18. a lot of road accidents are now caused by mobile and/or other devices. i just hope drivers will all be mindful of road safety habits. one wrong move + it might cause them their precious lives, along with other's, too. thanks for sharing....

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  19. Keep cellphones away to avoid accidents like this, Drivers should know that driving is not a mere right but also a responsibility.

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  20. It makes sense because you can't talk and drive... even if you have those headsets... talking while driving can distract you from ongoing traffic...

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  21. How tragic, when it could have been prevented with just a simple caution.

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  22. texting and driving are two different verbs so it can't actually be done at the same time unless if you have extra pair of eyes and hands then surely your attention to driving will not be affected.

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  23. The best way to implement a law banning the use of cellphones while driving is to have car manufacturers install signal scramblers inside the vehicles but this would also prevent the passengers from using cellphones. i can't recommend a compromise at the moment except allowing handsfree units for use by drivers. This being the case, make the handsfree cellphone a standard equipment of cars and similar vehicles.

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  24. Very interesting and great points raised Ed! I agree with your insights.

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  25. I definitely agree.. no texting while driving!!!! *guilty at times :)

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  26. this one is really scary. What if you're just an innocent passer by and you'll get hit by this. gosh..

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  27. thanks for sharing! kulang kasi sa discipline ang tao, kaya naa-aksidente

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  28. They have to implement this law. They have to charge them with big amount of money. If you're driving, you need focus. Coz these days, no matter how much careful you are, you can still get into accidents because of other irresponsible drivers. It's not even allowed to talk to the someone who's driving.

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  29. I absolutely go with the prohibiting the drivers to carry a handset or handyphone with them. Out of 100% of drivers who are bringing CP along with, 80% of them are most likely to meet accident.

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