NTSB: No Texting Your BFF to BYOB ASAP While Driving

NTSB - No Texting Your BFF to BYOB ASAP While DrivingEd Poor
The National Transportation Safety Board yesterday urged all U.S. states to ban drivers from using electronic devices while driving, including for text messaging. The NTSB issued the recommendation after several investigations that found texting to be a major cause of many automobile accidents, resulting in serious injury and death.

We all agree that it’s bad to text while you drive…if you’re an idiot.  Most Americans do not see any problem with using electronic devices while operating a multi-ton vehicle, and rightfully so.  True, not everyone should text and drive.  Old people for one.  Do they even know how to text?  But for the rest of America, texting while driving is not a luxury, it is a necessity.

Just imagine driving to your friend’s house to play the newest version of Halo when suddenly he texts you that he is out of beer.  If you had not read that text you would not have known that he was out of beer, would not have stopped at 7-11 to pick up a case, and your Sunday morning would have been ruined.

Now the National Transportation Safety Board says that they want a federal ban on the use of mobile devices while driving.  What the heck does the NTSB know about the needs of drivers?  Sure, approximately 6,000 people die per year because of distracted driving, but do a few deaths mean that millions of others have to suffer the hell of being unable to update their status on Facebook while they’re driving their kids to soccer practice?

They say that texting and talking on your cell phone is bad, but look at all the other things the NTSB considers activities that distract drivers:  fixing your makeup, reading a map (whatever the heck that is), eating and drinking, mooning your neighbor’s dog Roscoe (that stupid dog), etc.

What do they expect us to do in our cars?  Pay attention to the road?  That’s why cars have horns.  If someone gets a little distracted and drifts out of their lane at 70 mph, another driver will show them the courtesy of blowing their horn.  The horn is his way of saying, “Hey fella, I don’t want to interrupt your phone call, but your weaving a bit.  Take care now.  ttyl.”

Driving is something we all have to do, and engaging in mindless, unnecessary communication with our friends is also something we have to do, so why not combine them?  Texting and driving is as natural as watching NASCAR while trying to remove something that’s caught in your lawnmower.  As long as everyone else is paying attention, I don’t see the problem.