NTSB Calls for Ban on Electronic Devices

In it’s report into a fatal accident that occurred in Missouri in 2010, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published recommendations including banning use of electronic devices by drivers.

This recommendation goes a lot further than existing legislation, and shows recognition of the dangers posed by electronic devices other than cell phones.

To quote:

To the 50 states and the District of Columbia:

1.(1) Ban the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers; (2) use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration model of high visibility enforcement to support these bans; and (3) implement targeted communication campaigns to inform motorists of the new law and enforcement, and to warn them of the dangers associated with the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices while driving. (H-11-XX)

Read the full report here: http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2011/gray_summit_mo/index.html

The introduction of legislation like this would have a significant impact on employers that have a mobile workforce (i.e. any employees that use laptops or similar devices in their vehicles).

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