While most states in the US are adopting rules that ban talking on cellphones or texting while driving they have actually promoted using Bluetooth headsets or handsfree tech. Now the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has put out a non-binding recommendation that states also ban all of the hands free technology like Bluetooth headsets, car hands free systems, and voice controlled actions. Here is what thye had to say to Reuters:
"When it comes to using electronic devices, it may seem like it’s a quick call or a quick text or a tweet, but accidents happen in the blink of an eye," said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. "No emails, no texts, no calls. It’s worth a human life."
Still I doubt such a law will ever be adopted by states. It actually sort of makes sense since distractions no matter how you manage them are still distractions. On the other hand that would also be the case for using your GPS, listening to the radio/iPod, etc. Still it is nice to see that they realize that even hands free systems pose a risk to other drivers on the road.