The NTSB is proposing a nationwide ban on cell phones and use of all personal electronic devices while driving. This would include texting, emailing, GPS, and talking on cell phone, even using hands-free devices.
While I am all for being safe, let’s face it. There was 3000 crashes from cell phone use last year, out of millions of people on the road. And when I was hit by a car, it was a mom who was distracted by her baby. So many other things can take your eyes off the road for a second, causing a crash.
My biggest concern with more government bans, is that America is leading more away from “The Land of The Free”. The Government dictates pretty much everything we do these days and camera’s watch our every move. No driving without seatbelts, no smoking in public places, no liquid (3 oz only) on airplanes, no…no…no. When will this end? Are we headed toward a country with no free will at all?
Are all these rules really designed for public safety because they care so much, or just another way to charge enormous penalties. There are so many things that cause harm to us that they seem to be fine with; such as 25% of women being hooked on prescription pills. Driving under the influence of meds has to cause accidents, and so many people are currently addicted to them and on the road. How about banning meds from being used while driving? That seems like a greater danger to us all and is likely more widespread.
It is interesting to hear they are so afraid of cell phone use while driving. I would like them to release a report listing every accident and the reason and then weigh-in. It would not surprise me if just plain bad driving is at the top of the list.
The point is, anything could be considered a distraction while driving…how many more bans will they implement? Is America still the Land of The Free?