The US Department of Transportation is set to ban cell phones by truckers. This ban would affect nearly 4 million truck drivers across the United States. Secretary LaHood cited “lack of attention” in a number of crashes involving trucker drivers. His solution: ban something.
If distracted driving, defined by Mr. LaHood as “taking your eye off the road for even a second”, is the culprit, let’s ban distracted driving. This would mean no sneezing, as this can really disorient a driver, even if only for a moment. Let’s also ban tuning the radio while driving. That’s really bad. Don’t think about blowing your nose either. Also, no digging around for that pack of gum or cigarettes. Too distracting. No beverages either, lest you spill some and that distracts you.
Better yet, let’s empower the government to re-design the interior of today’s trucks. No radio, no citizen band’s radios, and no knobs, switches, levers or handles. Additionally, drivers shall wear a special head set to track their eye movements, monitored by the government for compliance, of course.
If Mr. LaHood is serious about ending accidents cause by distracted drivers, I think he needs to go further than just cell phones.