A Ban Against All Cell Phone Use for Drivers?
The National Transportation Board is campaigning a ban against all cell phone use while driving in all fifty states. The investigative agency stated that all states should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies.
The decision was implemented after the investigation in an August 2010 traffic pileup in Gray Summit, Missouri. A 19-year-old driver was texting just before his pickup truck collided into a tractor truck, causing two school buses to rear-end the pickup truck. The 19-year-old driver and a 15 year old student were killed and 38 others injured.
Currently thirty-five states ban texting while driving, among those nine states (including District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands) ban cell phone use all together. The distraction caused by cellphones in all modes of transportation has been found to be such a great factor by law enforcement officials. As a result during the investigation of accidents, the cellphone is preserved for calling and text messaging records. In Florida, lawmakers have tried to pass a ban on texting while driving in the past , but have failed to do so. Although the plans have again come up for 2012 legislation, and perhaps this proposal will strengthen this decision to be put in effect in the near future.
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According to research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,092 people died in 2010 as the result of distracted driving, including talking on a cell phone or texting. Despite efforts to banning cell phone use in some states, a driver survey taken from the NHTSA has found that almost half are still making calls and 10% are still reading text messages. “It is both the visual and cognitive distractions and the manual distractions, that we’re concerned about,” said NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman, in a press conference unanimously reached by the five-member board, “No call, no text, no update is worth a human life.”
We are not an exception to auto accident related to cell phone use in Central Florida. If you are a victim of an Orlando auto accident and need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, please contact The Umansky Law Firm today.