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Safety Group Calls For Cell Phone Ban While Driving

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The National Safety Council is urging motorists to stop using cell phone and messaging devices while driving, and is calling on businesses to implement policies prohibiting it and governors and legislators in all 50 states to pass laws banning the behavior.

Safety Group Calls For Cell Phone Ban While Driving
Janet Froetscher
President & CEO
National Safety Council

"Studies show that driving while talking on a cell phone is extremely dangerous and puts drivers at a four times greater risk of a crash," said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the NSC. "Driving drunk is also dangerous and against the law. When our friends have been drinking, we take the car keys away. It’s time to take the cell phone away."

A study from the Harvard Center of Risk Analysis estimates that cell phone use while driving contributes to 6 percent of crashes, which is about 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, 12,000 serious injuries and 2,600 deaths per year. It also says the annual financial toll of cell phone-related crashes is $43 billion.

The NSC also points to studies from researchers at the University of Utah that show hands-free devices do not make cell phone calls while driving safe.

"When you’re on a call, even if both hands are on the wheel, your head is in the call, and not on your driving," Froetscher said. "Unlike the passenger sitting next to you, the person on the other end of the call is oblivious to your driving conditions. The passenger provides another pair of eyes on the road."

Many business have adopted polices that ban cell phone use by employees while driving. Among NSC member businesses that responded to a survey, 45 percent said they have company polices prohibiting on-road cell phone use. Of those 85 percent said the polices do not affect business productivity.

"Anyone with a busy job knows the temptation to multi-task and stay in touch with the office while driving," Froetscher said. "Believe me, I’ve been there. I didn’t realize how much risk I was taking. Most people don’t. Employers understand how dangerous the behavior is and their potential liability. We are asking all businesses to join us by adopting policies banning calling and texting while driving on the job."

Froetscher is sending letter this week to all governors and state legislative leaders, pressing them to adopt statewide bans.  She admits that enforcing bans in all states will be a challenge, but noted the NCS was successful in implementing seatbelt enforcement.

"The change we are looking for, to stop cell phone use while driving, won’t happen overnight. There will be a day, however, when we look back and wonder how we could have been so reckless with our cell phones and texting devices," Froetscher said.

 

Safety Group Calls For Cell Phone Ban While Driving


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  • http://www.FreeStarUniverse.com/ FreeStar

    One liberty after another is taken away under the pretext of “Safety”. What’s next? Will we be banned from eating, smoking drinking, wiping our childrens noses and eventually talking to passengers as well? When is the ultimate control of the few over the many going to stop?

    They can quote all the statistics they want… People will always have accidents, people will die. It’s the laws of nature. Even if we do absolutely nothing. So why prohibit every little bit of fun in life as well? Humanity is probably going to prohibit itself to extinction, lol.

    • Guest

      I’ve always been against phone use in motor vehicles. It doesn’t take many brain cells to figure that it has a negative effect on driving and traffic in general.

      I have what is likely to be a life-long neck injury because someone was looking at their phone instead of the road, proof.

      Anyone against this long overdue movement is likely someone who spends their entire commute on the phone, thus is biased, and dangerous to be around.

      • Guest

        I hope you die from your life long injury. Perhaps you should have been a more defensive driver.

        I have used cell phones while driving (without the damn headset) for the past 15 years and have not been in a single accident while on the cell phone or not. Blaming cell phone use for people not paying attention to the road is simply a scapegoat. Perhaps in addition to charging higher insurance to dangerous drivers they should also charge danger fees to encourage drivers to pay attention and be safe.

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    • http://www.studyglobal.net Daniel

      So, you do not wear your seatbelt, do not need an airbag? Ever thought about that you are putting others in danger as well when you are not concentrating on driving? It is not taking away liberty. It is protecting people from others using only small parts of their brain focusing on a complex procedure called driving. Would you allow drink driving then again as well?

  • jjawm

    Cant’t count the number of times I’ve come up from behind someone in the left lane only to find out that they were on the phone and yes even texting while driving, I could care less about your liberty when you endanger my life or safety for the sake of a call that could have wated until your were home. I’ve been trapped behind people on their phones for as long as 10 to 15 minutes while they slow down then speed up and slow down again oblivious to the road or others around them. I’ve been in favor of banning them while driving since the damn things have been around, jja

    • Guest

      HA HA you need to slow down and relax. Cell phones dont kill, aggressive drivers behind people driving the speed limit kill!!

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