Talking on a cellphone while driving is dangerous. That seems pretty clear from accident research–even if the driver uses “hands free” systems that are legal in Washington state. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board is urging states to toughen laws and the enforcement of those laws.
The article notes that the NTSB does not have the authority to impose its wishes on states.
“No call, no text, no update is worth a human life,” NTSB chairwoman Deborah Hersman said.
Hard to argue that point. But I suspect that really tough cellphone laws and enforcement of those laws will meet a lot of resistance. State legislators, who often spend a lot of time on the road, are probably not going to outlaw a practice that is important to their lifestyles. And it’s not just them. Even though it’s illegal to press a phone to your head while driving, it still seems to be common practice for lots of people, as you may have noticed.
Much to my annoyance, the AP story above misuses “it’s” at one point.