BlackBerry Users: Unsafe At Any Speed?

The addictive nature of the BlackBerry is being blamed as the cause of a recent highway pile-up in the state of Washington.

The 53-year-old driver told troopers he'd been using his BlackBerry at the time of the crash.

On "Squawk Box", CNBC’s Becky Quick took a closer look at the hand-held device and whether legislation is needed to prevent people from using them while driving.

Crackberry Crash
Crackberry Crash

Her guest was Rosemary Erickson with Forensic Sociologist President of Athena Research Corp who said a driver who uses a cell phone can present almost as much danger to others as a drunk driver – and blackberries can't be far behind.

Erickson called them crack-berries because they’re addictive. They make us feel like we have to get that message – and respond. When drivers have that kind of access – reckless behavior can take place.

She said--this problem is one of the unanticipated consequences of technology – and considering most states have banned cell phone use while driving - blackberries can’t be far behind.
BlackBerry was developed by Research In Motion Limited (RIM), a designer, manufacturer and marketer of wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market.

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