NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s a stunning recommendation from a federal traffic safety agency.
The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for a nationwide ban on behind the wheel cell phone use — even with hands-free devices.
“It may seem like it’s a very quick call, a very quick text a tweet or an update, but accidents happen in the blink of an eye,” NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said. “You can’t take it back. You can’t have a do-over and you can’t rewind.”
The NTSB wants a national ban on talking and texting behind the wheel — even if your car is equipped with a hands-free device. And it has statistics to back up its concerns about the growing distractions for drives of all types of vehicles.
The agency says:
* An estimated 3,000 people died last year in distracted driving crashes
* Drivers using cell phones fail to see up to 50-percent of the information in their driving environment
* A person using a cell phone is four times more likely to have a crash that will result in going to the hospital
Sometimes I feel that it is really dangerous, actually, when I’m talking on the phone and driving, probably a good idea,” said Adriannz Cutler of Armonk.
Although the NTSB’s recommendation is non-binding lawmakers and governors take its findings seriously.
Do you believe that cellphones should be banned entirely or is this another case of Big Brother run amok?