The National Transportation Safety Board reiterated its call on the ban on the use of all handy car electronics gadgets while diving. Based on a new study, tinkering with electronic devices while on the wheel has been a major cause of road carnage and the statistics of death caused by the same is increasingly alarming. In 2009, almost six thousand people were killed in vehicular accidents brought about by distractions one of which is cellular phone use. Robert Sumwalt, one of the National Transportation Safety Board officials using the mobile phone while driving increases the accident factor by almost 4 times. And it is not only the mobile phone that has been identified as the culprit. Other car electronics apparatus like the car stereo, television, and DVD player have also contributed to the rise in numbers of road mishaps.
That is the reason why NSTB officials are urging car electronics manufacturers to take a more active stance in responsibly informing their customers on the perils of using and operating their gadgets while driving. An information drive explaining the accountable and conscientious use of their devices can help in the reduction on the number of road fatalities.
To date, the ban on texting while driving is already in place in thirty-five states while nine states prohibit the use of mobile devices altogether. However, using the hands-free features of mobile phones is still not forbidden in the entire country, an act, which NSTB board members feel, is as equally dangerous as that of texting. What they are up against are giant automakers and car electronics gadgets manufacturers who are jointly developing newer and better systems to enable the drivers to take and make calls without compromising their capability to effectively and safely drive. Some of the features that have been incorporated in car electronics nowadays include dialing mobile phones using voice command, accessing music libraries, text, and even get updates from Twitter and Facebook while they are being read aloud by the car’s audio system. Car manufacturers and car electronics designers argue that it would be better and safer to perfect these systems now than never do them at all because drivers will use them whether they are banned or not and that would distract them more. Plus, the potential revenues in car electronics is so difficult to pass up since people will pay as much as they can to be able to stay connected even while they drive.