WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The National Transportation Safety Board says after completing its investigation into a deadly car crash in Missouri, it found that texting caused the accident that killed two people and injured 38 others. The NTSB is now recommending that every state ban the use of cell phones, handheld or hands free, behind the wheel.
Although cell phone use while driving is illegal in some states, the National Transportation Safety Board is asking all 50 states to adopt the ban.
“It’s about a cognitive distraction,” NTSB spokeswoman Deborah Hersman said. “It’s about not being engaged in the task at hand.”
Drivers in Wilmington say they don’t think it will work.
“It’s a good idea in theory, because there are so many accidents caused by cell phone use, texting and what not, but being able to enforce it, I don’t see that as a feasible thing to do,” Scott Bennett of Wilmington said.
Most drivers we spoke with agree the law would not be effective.
“I think they would get away with using their cell phone because they would hide it,” Sheila Willard of Wilmington said.
Motorists say they think driving is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. They say new drivers should be especially careful while behind the wheel.
“If you think it can’t happen to you, you’re kidding yourself,” Bennett said. “Everybody thinks it can’t happen to them. Even experienced drivers think it can’t happen to them, but you know a young driver is not an experienced driver, so they’re even much more distractable, so it’s insane. But try to tell somebody who’s young that you can’t do something. You’re just going to encourage them to do it.”
The NTSB’s recommendation does make one exception for the use of phones and other devices while driving: emergencies. Board members hope by banning the distractions, the number of emergencies on the road will decrease.