NTSB Recommends Nationwide Ban On Cell Phone Use While Driving

We’ve all been behind “that” driver. The one that is driving much slower than the speed, maybe swerving on and off the road a bit. You slow down to give them room, contemplate calling 911 to report drunk driving, and then slowly pass when you have a chance. As you drive by, you look at the driver and see them texting or talking on a cell phone.

The video above puts into reality the dangerous effects of that type of distracted driving. And if the National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) has its way, the US will soon ban cell phone use while driving.

A few facts about distracted driving:

  • 20% Of drivers text while driving
  • 75% of drivers are willing to answer a call while driving
  • 3,000 deaths involved distracted drivers
Many companies are now starting to voluntarily ban employees’ cell phone use while they are driving company vehicles or on the clock because of liability issues. In 2008, a Florida driver hit and killed a bicyclist while texting. He was driving a car owned by Astellas Pharma, Inc. They have since been named in a personal injury lawsuit by the victim’s widow.