Americans love their cell phones and other personal electronic devices. So much, in fact, that many will not acknowledge an inconvenient fact. These devices are a dangerous distraction when people use them while driving. It should be illegal to use them while operating a motor vehicle, except in emergencies.
Enter the National Transportation Safety Board. It recommended this week that states ban the use of PEDs by people behind the wheel. The only exceptions should be emergencies or for devices that are designed "to support the driving task." By that, we assume the NTSB might mean navigational tools such as GPS.
It's not difficult to understand why the NTSB reached this conclusion. It has to investigate grisly accidents caused by distracted drivers. It was just such a bit of carnage, caused by a driver who was texting, that brought the board to say, in effect, enough is enough. If you go to the NTSB website and read the accounts of mass killings caused by driver distraction attributed to use of electronic devices, you will comprehend the board's recommendation. That address is ntsb.gov/news/2011/111213.html.