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.

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.


Contact Squawk Box


    Get the best of CNBC in your inbox

    To learn more about how we use your information,
    please read our Privacy Policy.
    › Learn More
  • Showtimes

    Weekdays 6a ET
    Weekdays 13:00 CET
    Weekdays 18:00 SIN/HK
    Weekdays 20:00 SYD
    New Zealand
    Weekdays 22:00 NZ