Too many people are being killed or hurt on the nation’s streets and highways by distracted drivers. So Nationwide is asking all 50 states to pass hands-free mobile phone legislation.
The legislation being pushed by company would limit mobile phone use to technology that lets people talk with their hands free. The point — said Nationwide CEO Kirk Walker — is to help people keep their eyes on the road.
“The National Safety Council tells us that 1 in 4 crashes are due to mobile phone usage while driving,” he said. “With a recent average of 37,000 deaths per year on our roadways, countless lives could have been saved and many more serious, life-changing injuries prevented if drivers’ attitudes were changed about driving while holding a mobile device.”
Walker and Nationwide say it is a “moral imperative” to get driving distracted treated the same as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He wants it to be “culturally unacceptable.”
Currently 21 of the 50 states have hands-free laws. He and Nationwide’s chief legal officer Mark Howard want that to change. “A hands-free approach is practical and proving to be effective in reducing traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities,” he said and pointed out the states requiring hands-free devices are reporting a 15.3% decrease in fatalities within two years.
“We believe so strongly in hands-free legislation that we are also urging the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) to draft model legislation that other states can use for implementation across the country,” he concluded.
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