The first step toward removing deadly distractions will be to disconnect from non-mission-critical information. For decades, aviation has recognized the need for “sterile cockpit” procedures that restrict activities and conversations to the task at hand. But all modes of transportation need to rise to today’s distraction challenges. That’s why in December 2012 we called for a ban on all [hand-held or hands-free] portable electronic device (PED) use while driving. We have issued similar recommendations for aviation, marine, and rail.
*Dianne Anderson is the mother of the late Casey Feldman and the wife of Joel Feldman. A retired attorney, Dianne is the co-founder of the Casey Feldman Foundation and its sponsored project, EndDD.org. She can be reached at [email protected]