According to the National Highway Traffic Saftey Administration, more than 3,000 people died last year because of distracted driving. These statistics have prompted safety experts to call for a nationwide ban on using cell phones to talk and text messages while driving.
Now, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has taken this measure a step further, calling for the first-ever nationwide ban on all electronic devices in the car in an effort to prevent distracted-driving crashes.
Today on American Morning, Debbie Hersman, chairwoman of the NTSB, talks with Christine Romans about what prompted the board to issue this recommendation and to discuss the resistance against this measure.
Nine people were killed and nearly 70 were injured at an air show in Reno, Nevada this past Friday after a pilot lost control of his vintage plane during an air race and plummeted toward thousands of spectators.
Another accident occurred on Saturday, when the pilot of an aircraft taking part in a West Virginia show was killed when his plane plunged into a runway and exploded.
Mark Rosekind, National Transportation Safety Board member, weighs in on these accidents on American Morning today, explaining whether or not there are enough regulation at these air shows and if they are safe events.