Navigation Links
U.S. Safety Board Urges Nationwide Ban on Drivers' Use of Cellphones
Date:12/14/2011

TUESDAY, Dec. 13 (HealthDay News) -- In the aftermath of a deadly crash in Missouri that killed two and injured 38, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is recommending a nationwide ban on drivers' use of cellphones and other personal electronic devices, except in emergencies.

According to media reports, the board was meeting Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss the fatal pileup that occurred last year in Gray Summit, Mo. The NTSB noted that the 19-year-old driver of a pickup truck involved in the crash sent or received 11 text messages within the 11 minutes prior to the pileup, including one just before impact.

The pickup truck collided with the back of a tractor trailer and was rear-ended by a school bus, which in turn was rear-ended by another school bus, the Associated Press reported. The pickup driver and a 15-year-old on one of the buses were killed.

In her opening statement on Tuesday, NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman acknowledged that, "We will never know whether the driver was typing, reaching for the phone, or reading a text when his pickup ran into the truck in front of him without warning," the Washington Post reported. "But, we do know he had been distracted -- cognitively, manually, and visually -- while driving. Driving was not his only priority."

According to the AP, NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt said that Missouri had a law in place at the time banning texting by drivers under the age of 21, but he believes the state was not aggressive enough in enforcing the statute.

The perils of distracted driving may extend across the United States, however.

In a recent Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll of more than 2,800 U.S. adults, released in late November, 59 percent said that while driving they had talked on a non-hands-free cellphone, and 37 percent said they had texted while driving. For others, the practice is more habitual: 18 percent of survey respondents said they "often or sometimes" sent or received/read text messages while driving.

Some 39 states plus the District of Columbia have enacted laws regulating the use of mobile devices in vehicles. But a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that use of cellphones and other distractions while driving has actually risen over time, despite these efforts.

A study published in 2010 in the American Journal of Public Health estimated that texting alone helped cause 16,000 deaths in car accidents between 2001 and 2007.

One expert who deals with the aftermath of traffic accidents applauded the NTSB recommendation.

"I wholeheartedly support a ban on personal electronic devices, which provide an unprecedented degree of distraction that's very dangerous," said Dr. Lisandro Irizarry, chair of the emergency department at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City. "We seem to have gotten beyond 'hands-free' devices, and everyone -- from teenagers to senior citizens -- is texting. It's very easy to get distracted, especially when driving, and end up in the ER," Irizarry said.

While the NTSB lacks the power to impose restrictions itself, federal and state lawmakers rely on the board's recommendations when drafting new legislation, the AP noted.

More information

There's more on distracted driving at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-- HealthDay Staff

SOURCES: Lisandro Irizarry, M.D., chair, emergency department, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York City; Nov. 30, 2011, Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll; Washington Post; Associated Press


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. 2010 HSR Impact Award recognizes surgical safety research
2. ADT Safety Tips: Personal Safety
3. ASGE recognizes 32 endoscopy units for quality and safety
4. Allegheny General Hospital Study Demonstrates Safety and Potential Efficacy of Oral Allergy Treatment
5. Fire Protection Online Resolves Safety Concerns with CO2 Fire Extinguishers
6. Medical Nurse Training, Inc. Partners With Healthcare Companies to Develop Corporate Branded, Accredited Programs for Patient/Bed Safety and Fall Prevention/Protection
7. PureSafety and EHS Today Launch Future Leaders in EHS
8. National Council on Aging Releases Survey on Medical Imaging Safety
9. New Safety Bath and Sill Mats Help Prevent Slip and Fall in Bathrooms - from Martinson-Nicholls
10. Sacred Heart Medical Center Cited for Violation of Safety Standards in H1N1 Prevention
11. Registered Nurses from Public Health - Seattle & King County Hold Informational Picket to Highlight Public Safety Concerns
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
U.S. Safety Board Urges Nationwide Ban on Drivers' Use of Cellphones
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the Law Office of Somekh & Associates ... special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel helps our office remain up to date ... elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. , ElderCounsel was founded by ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the ... business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New ... the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. To watch the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... VA (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... of DevOps and Agile Software Development, has been awarded a contract by the ... Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) aims to accelerate the enterprise use of Agile methodologies ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, ... ... and Dr. Cheng, are now treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus ... sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) ... FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s ... Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... Oct. 11, 2017  Caris Life Sciences ® , ... the promise of precision medicine, today announced that St. ... Precision Oncology Alliance™ (POA) as its 17 th ... St. Jude Crosson Cancer Institute will help develop standards ... of tumor profiling, making cancer treatment more precise and ...
(Date:10/7/2017)...   Provista, a proven leader in the ... purchasing power, today announced a new resource area on ... is the online home for case studies, articles ... news releases, slideshows and events. ... resources at their fingertips, viewers can also watch short ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. ... Day Software and Consulting, LLC , and named its ... Software, based in Tennessee , will ... Day expands EnvoyHealth,s service offerings for health care partners ... "In an interoperable world, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: