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IIHS Questions Need for Cellphone Ban

Existing laws haven’t cut crashes.

by on Dec.20, 2011

Though it agrees distracted driving is a major problem, a key insurance industry group questions the need for a blanket ban on all in-car technologies.

Not everyone believes that a wholesale ban on using cellphones – along with other electronic devices – would make driving safer.

In fact, existing laws that already restrict the use of handheld phones have had no impact on reducing distracted driving crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which questions the value of a recent proposal by the National Transportation Safety Board to take existing laws to a new level.  After studying a series of major incidents linked to distracted driving, the NTSB this month recommended sweeping new rules that would effectively bar drivers from using most electronic devices.

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But speaking with CNN, Russ Rader, a spokesman for the IIHS, cautioned that “distracted driving is much bigger than just phones,” adding that, “”focusing on phones doesn’t deal with the full spectrum of things that distract.”


NTSB Wants to Ban Use of All Electronic Devices While Driving

Over 3,000 died in 2010 due to distracted driving.

by on Dec.14, 2011

Texting was blamed for this August 2010 crash that killed two.

The National Transportation Safety Board wants to ban the use of all electronic devices while driving. That includes not only handheld phones and texting, but even the use of hands-free phones, Internet-connected devices and other high-tech systems.

The recommendation – which does not in itself carry the weight of law – comes days after another federal agency revealed that roughly one of every 11 Americans killed in traffic accidents in 2010 died due to distracted driving.

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“It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life.”


Ford Calls for Nationwide Handheld Cellphone Ban

But new study warns current bans having little to no impact.

by on Jul.13, 2011

Automakers and lawmakers alike appear to be growing increasingly concerned about distracted driving.

Ford Motor Co. has become the first automaker to openly call for a nationwide ban on the use of handheld cellular phones.

The maker’s unusually public pronouncement, which lent support to a measure now before Congress, comes as a new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association releases results of a new study on distracted driving.  It found that in 80 out of 100 car crashes studies the driver had turned away from the road at the time of impact.

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In particular, the GHSA study revealed that drivers are four times as likely to have a crash while using a handheld phone as those not talking while behind the wheel.  But the data also raised a note of caution about efforts to curtail distracted driving, reflecting recent studies finding that existing bans on the use of handheld phones already in place have had limited impact.

A proposal by NY Democrat Carolyn McCarthy would compel all 50 states to ban motorists from using handheld phones while driving.  And Pete Lawson, Ford’s Vice President of Government Affairs, has hailed that as a positive step.