Despite having little to no support, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still pushing forward with its proposal to ban hands-free calling while operating a vehicle.
NTSB recommends that all cell phone use be banned for a driver but has failed to gain the support of NHTSA or any major automaker. Regardless, the organization has no plans to back down with NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman recently saying, “Whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, touching the dashboard, or waving at a windshield, it can be distracting. What is the price of our desire to be mobile and connected at the same time? Can any message, call, or text be worth someone’s life?”
We don’t expect any states to hop on board with NTSB’s plan despite the excessive attention given to distracted driving recently. But some suggestions make more sense than others. Donald Fisher for example, a University of Massachusetts professor, has proposed that “we ought to quickly move to banning cellphone use in work zones and school zones.”
Perhaps Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood should enlist the NTSB in his “hilarious” weekend hobby — cruising around town to find people talking on their phones while driving, and harassing them with his car horn.
The NTSB is an independent federal agency that makes recommendations to Congress and the White House, but has no law-making authority.
[Source: Washington Post]