Here we go again: government over-reacting.
I’m talking about yesterday’s vote by the National Transportation Safety Board to ban all electronic devices – including all cell fones, both hand-held and hands-free – from passenger cars.
The Board’s action came in response to a horrible accident last year in Missouri, which investigators determined was caused by a 19-year old who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes before initiating the deadly multiple crash. They also cited a tugboat captain who caused an accident while working on his laptop.
But I would argue there’s a big difference between texting, or surfing your laptop, and talking.
Of course, ban texting while driving. Of course, ban use of laptops while driving. Of course, ban hand-held cell phones while driving. They all require using your hands and fingers and taking your eyes and attention completely off the road.
But that’s not the case with a hands-free phone device. You can drive and keep your attention on the road while talking hands-free to someone at the other end of a phone line – as easily as you talk to a person sitting in the passenger seat next to you.
There’s no need for government to go overboard.
That’s my parting shot for today.