NTSB: Culture of Driving with Phones Must Change

By MARYCLAIRE DALE | June 21, 2011 | 11:00 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal transportation officials investigating a deadly Philadelphia tour-boat crash say cell phone distractions are causing too many accidents on the nation's roads, rails and waterways.

The National Transportation Safety Board is holding a public meeting in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to discuss a crash between a duck boat and a barge that killed two Hungarian students.

Chairwoman Deborah Hersman says safety officials have to change a mindset where vehicle operators are constantly talking, texting and browsing the Internet.

The NTSB found the mate piloting the barge was on his cell phone dealing with a family emergency at the same time the duck boat was stalled in the Delaware River.

The July 7 crash also sent 35 others aboard the duck boat into the busy shipping channel.