As you may have heard, the National Transportation Safety Board recently
recommended a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text messaging
devices while driving. As
San Diego personal injury attorneys, we support efforts to make our roadways safer for drivers and pedestrians.
According to the NTSB, the ban, the most far reaching yet, is needed to
address a growing threat posed by distracted drivers. While NTSB Chairwoman
Deborah Hersman acknowledged that distracted driving has been a problem
“since the Model T,” the growing popularity of smart phones
has quickly exacerbated the problem.
She also noted that the ban may inconvenience motorists, but would save lives.
“Needless lives are lost on our highways, and for what? Convenience?
Death isn’t convenient,” Hersman said. “So we can stay
more connected? A fatal accident severs that connection.”
While California has some of the strictest cell phone laws in the country,
the laws vary state to state. Some 35 states ban text messaging while
driving, 30 states ban cell-phone use by novice drivers, and 10 ban all
use of hand-held cell phones, according to the NTSB.
While the NTSB’s action is only a recommendation, the board has previously
played a key role in bringing about changes in other areas of transportation safety.