There are an increasing number of distractions for modern drivers. It used to be the case that the radio or cassette player was the most distracting thing in a car. Now many drivers are glued to their mobile devices and are more interested in texting or tweeting instead of watching the road. This type of behavior makes a Michigan car accident more likely and results in many deaths every year.
We recently posted about a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study which linked more than 3,000 deaths to cellphone use last year. This shocking statistic is one of the reasons why the National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended a complete ban on all cellphone use in passenger vehicles. Similar federal bans for commercial truck drivers have already been proposed.
NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman recently stressed that it is important for drivers to pay attention the road and that no text message is more important than a human life. “It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving,” Hersman added.
Although the NTSB does not have regulatory or legislative power, its recommendations are taken very seriously by the White House and Congress. It is believed that this recommendation may pave the way for stricter cellphone laws in many states.
Jonathan Adkins, spokesman for the Governors Highway Safety Association, called the NTSB recommendation “a game changer” and added that although some states aren’t ready for a complete ban, at least the conversation about attentive driving has been started.