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No Calls, No Texting for Drivers, Votes NTSB

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I have a few comments and questions:


Dec 14, 2011, 9:19 AM
1. First, can anyone find the actual site that posts the statistics on the number of accidents and/or deaths??? According to the, traffic accidents and fatalities due to accidents has gone down or been flat since 1999, but the site stops reporting at 2008??? Assuming it's still flat or going down (and the number of drivers I am assuming is increasing), why do they propose such measures and on what basis???

2. I watched them on CNBC talking about with some lady from NTSB, they DON"T want to ban GPS devices, or anything that will assist the driver, they just want to ban text, tweets, and posts (lol, I know what she was getting at), but listen, I use my cell as a GPS (I have an android, and I use google maps to navigate alot, my...

Dec 14, 2011, 10:06 AM
they just trying to rob your money the LEGAL way!
just like speed limit, i got ticketed twice on a Saturday morning when i'm the only one on freeway! what is wrong with going a little faster?

Dec 14, 2011, 12:08 PM
It doesn't matter if the fatalities have gone down. What matters, is how many of these fewer fatalities/injuries are still caused by the topic at hand?

Texting and driving has surpassed drunk driving as the leading cause of accidents. Not eating Big Macs. Not reading the papers. Not putting on make-up. Not blasting the radio. While all these things are without a doubt dangerous and can be enforced under law if seemed fit, the NTSB wants to reduce the amount of the largest percentage of causes. That is the directive.

I will go on record however, as to admit that banning Bluetooth use, is a bit extreme.

John B.

Dec 14, 2011, 2:17 PM
John, When it comes down to it, I agree. There is a big difference between texting on a phone and talking on a bluetooth or speaker, but it got lumped all in one. I still think its somewhat of a witch hunt. Banning texting, fine, same with not using a hands free device. Outside of that, I don't buy it.

Dec 16, 2011, 12:42 AM
This isn't true. I initially read reports that stated eating food was the number one cause of accidents. However, according to AAA, the number one cause of FATAL is aggressive driving.

"56 percent of fatal crashes involved some sort of aggressive driving".

They basically defined "aggressive" as intentional. Cell phone usage was not mentioned in the number one cause of fatal accidents.

Bottom line is that just because there's a small fringe movement of moms who lost their teenage kids due to someone texting doesn't mean it's the "number one" reason for accidents. ... »

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