National Transportation Safety Board calls for U.S. ban on distracted driving
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, is advocating the elimination of distractions while in a transportation vehicle. Citing disasters, sometimes fatal, that could have been avoided if the operator of their transport vehicle, whether that's a car, boat, plane, or train, was focused on the task at hand rather than distractions caused by the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) in the cabin, the NTSB is calling for a nationwide ban on the use of non-essential electronic devices while driving.
"We need to build a social infrastructure that dissuades distracted operations at all times, starting with new and existing drivers who are the agents of change, extending through their family and community support systems to reinforce appropriate behaviors, to the local and regional educational and enforcement to ensure proper guidance and corrections for behaviors," the NTSB said, adding that behavioral change could be achieved through laws and regulations, education, and stronger enforcement.
Though the NTSB isn't writing any new laws, it is calling for change to be implemented. "The United States needs a cultural shift that prioritizes PED-free transportation operations," the organization says. "Such laws and regulations set a tone for what will and will not be tolerated when operating planes, trains, ships, pipelines, and vehicles."
Essentially, it's starting this by calling for drivers to not talk on the phone or text and drive to improve safety on the roadways.
Have you curbed your distractions while operating a car or other motorized vehicle?
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It's also a big money maker for the governments as tickets for said offense run into the hundreds of dollars.
The bigger problem, IMO, is that folks in America have forgotten that driving is a PRIVILEGE, not a right - yet its treated as the later, not the former. Even with tools in place to limit the way a device is used while in motion, it is still up to the individual to engage these tools - which isn't likely to happen enough to make it habitual.
As a member of the American public, a consumer, and a 15 year employee of one of the largest cellular providers in the US, I think it may be time the industry itself makes a stand to enforce proper cellular usage. We helped create this monster, now it time we train it. And again I'll say, good luck with that.
And there is no hard data on cellphone ownership but ill bet my life savings that cellphone ownership from 2005 to now is way higher then 26%..
We need control for our own protection and to be given a greater chance of quality of life, we also need to have a quality life worth protecting though.
Just to note... 20,000hrs in my profession can be clocked up in around 4 years... Hardly experienced, actually barely qualified in most industries... I'm talking 10-20 years, well matured, beyond experienced people, should not be tarred with the same brush as a person who just got their license! Seems silly to me...