No More Cell Phone Use While Driving?

15 December 2011 Categories: All Blogs, Car Accident, Personal Injury

On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a statement (part of which is copied below). The NTSB is now pushing for states to create laws to ban all use of cell phones except in emergencies. This would include texting, calling, emailing, and even the use of a hands free device. Their reasoning for this is that even if your hands are free, you are still distracted by focusing on your conversation and not on driving. Many people will fight against this law, as using phones while driving has become a regular part of many Tennessean’s commute to work. So how can the federal government enforce the laws?

The federal government cannot force a state to create a law against cell phone use in cars. It can, however, tell the state of Tennessee it will withhold federal funds for highway development or construction, much like it did when the drinking age was raised from 18 to 21. Now we are not sure that the federal government will do this. It is still early in the development of this law and the effect it could have across the country. McNulty & Associates will continue to follow the developments and keep our readers updated.

Following today’s Board meeting on the 2010 multi-vehicle highway accident in Gray Summit, Missouri, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for the first-ever nationwide ban on driver use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) while operating a motor vehicle.

The safety recommendation specifically calls for the 50 states and the District of Columbia to ban the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers. The safety recommendation also urges use of the NHTSA model of high-visibility enforcement to support these bans and implementation of targeted communication campaigns to inform motorists of the new law and heightened enforcement.

“According to NHTSA, more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents”, said Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving.”

“No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life.”

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