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Next, the NTSB bans ALL conversation within automobiles

What is more distracting when driving a car than having a conversation with a front-seat passenger? Trying to do the same while including the passengers in the back seat? A family discussing future vacation plans while mom or dad is driving on the freeway?

Well, apparently the NTSB now feels that a driver alone in a vehicle with a cellphone connected via Bluetooth or other device is more dangerous than a car full of kids;

Washington (CNN) — A federal safety board called Tuesday for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text messaging devices while driving.

The recommendation is the most far-reaching yet by the National Transportation Safety Board, which in the past 10 years has increasingly sought to limit the use of portable electronic devices — recommending bans for novice drivers, school bus drivers and commercial truckers. Tuesday’s recommendation, if adopted by states, would outlaw non-emergency phone calls and texting by operators of every vehicle on the road.

The texting thing I can comprehend. Reading email while driving? Not a good thing. Browsing sports scores or stock quotes? Distracting and possibly dangerous. Conversation of any kind?

I’ve seen distracted drivers fail to notice stopped vehicles ahead, and anecdotally, in every case, they were talking to me while driving. They look at you to see of you’re listening, motion with their hands to point out objects along the road. Even look behind them at children in the back seat.

As one NTSB official states;

“This (distracted driving) is becoming the new DUI. It’s becoming epidemic,” said NTSB member Robert Sumwalt

So it’s distracted driving they want to outlaw? What about this?

It would apply to hands-free as well as hand-held devices, but devices installed in the vehicle by the manufacturer would be allowed, the NTSB said.

So, if the maker of the vehicle installs the hands-free device, you are no longer distracted?

What a load of crap!

These Washington bureaucrats need to find some reason in a time of dwindling resources to justify their existence, and finding more and more ways to make us think they’re working toward our absolute safety is one way they do it.

So, arguing with the kids while driving? Not a problem, yet. Bluetooth in the ear? You could end up like this;

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Erick Brockwayhttp://www.erickbrockway.com
Work seven days a week at two jobs, a newly RETIRED EO1 (E6) in the Navy Reserves (Seabees), blog when I can from cellphone and computer. @erickbrockway #catcot #tcot Currently living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a wife (20+ years) son, and two daughters.

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  1. There really is no call for you to analyze this thing so closely, Erick, or to read the *whole* article. Why can’t you just catch the headline that says NTSB’s workin’hard to protect you and your family and move on?
    See, if you people would just move to mass transit like the Central Planners want you to, and give up this ‘mobility’ thing you cling to, you wouldn’t have to worry about things like this!

  2. If they think talking is distracting, they should have seen me trying to get a couple of pieces of pizza separated the other day while I was trying to merge onto the interstate. :-/

    One of the worst things politicians can do is pass unenforceable laws. Only a foolish parent prohibits their children, on threat of penalty, from doing something that the parent cannot monitor. It does nothing but make the parent seem ineffectual to the kids.

    Likewise, hands free cell phoning. Unless you are killed in an accident and they do forensic analysis of your phone, they *can’t tell* if you are talking or not. You could just as easily be singing along with the radio or talking to yourself.

    Our lawmakers are so desperate to be seen as necessary or effective, they engender the contempt they so wish to avoid.

  3. And I’ll tell you something else, one of the worst things they ever did for driving safety was make the front seat unsafe for children.

    There is *nothing* worse than trying to find a pacifier on the floorboard of the backseat while driving with a crying baby in a rear facing car seat behind you. Nothing.

    Well, except maybe that time a grasshopper jumped in my window and went down the back of my shirt. That was pretty bad. Or the time I had a couple of wasps in the car. That was pretty bad too.

  1. There really is no call for you to analyze this thing so closely, Erick, or to read the *whole* article. Why can’t you just catch the headline that says NTSB’s workin’hard to protect you and your family and move on?
    See, if you people would just move to mass transit like the Central Planners want you to, and give up this ‘mobility’ thing you cling to, you wouldn’t have to worry about things like this!

  2. If they think talking is distracting, they should have seen me trying to get a couple of pieces of pizza separated the other day while I was trying to merge onto the interstate. :-/

    One of the worst things politicians can do is pass unenforceable laws. Only a foolish parent prohibits their children, on threat of penalty, from doing something that the parent cannot monitor. It does nothing but make the parent seem ineffectual to the kids.

    Likewise, hands free cell phoning. Unless you are killed in an accident and they do forensic analysis of your phone, they *can’t tell* if you are talking or not. You could just as easily be singing along with the radio or talking to yourself.

    Our lawmakers are so desperate to be seen as necessary or effective, they engender the contempt they so wish to avoid.

  3. And I’ll tell you something else, one of the worst things they ever did for driving safety was make the front seat unsafe for children.

    There is *nothing* worse than trying to find a pacifier on the floorboard of the backseat while driving with a crying baby in a rear facing car seat behind you. Nothing.

    Well, except maybe that time a grasshopper jumped in my window and went down the back of my shirt. That was pretty bad. Or the time I had a couple of wasps in the car. That was pretty bad too.

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