Dec 13th, 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board made a rather extreme recommendation today when they reached out to ALL US states to ban all non-driving related use of “personal electronic devices” even of the hands-free variety. Although they were pretty specific about wanting to ban the use of phone calls, text messages and updating Facebook while on the road, the NTSB was still pretty vague in what they deemed “driving-related.” Navigation? Pandora? Augmented reality?

The NTSB cited several studies that showed even hands-free device use is enough to distract the driver cognitively, leading to fatal car crashes. Keep in mind the NTSB does not have the power to set any kind of laws or enforce restrictions, their recommendation could possibly influence state and local governments.

What do you guys think? Would you vote in favor of a ban on cellphone use — even when using a Bluetooth headset — while driving? Although, in theory I feel like it could make the road a whole lot safer, I think it’s about as ridiculous as banning women drivers which would yield similar results (queue rim shot).

[NYTimes via TheVerge]