Cell Phone Companies React to Proposed Cell Phone While Driving Ban

By Peter DePaolis

We recently told you about the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) proposed ban on cell phone use while driving. While there are mixed reactions, the cell phone industry’s trade association recently spoke out in favor of the ban, sort of.

Washington, D.C.-based CTIA said that it supports a ban on manual cell phone texting while behind the wheel. However, the association said it would leave it up to the states and local governments to ban talking on cell phones while driving.

A spokesperson for CTIA said it is focused on educating consumers about responsible driving. The CTIA is partners with the National Safety Council, which sends a message to teens to stay off the phone when on the road.

In addition to the cell phone ban, the NTSB wants CTIA to support features that would disable certain electronic devices that are within a driver’s reach. A fatal car crash that killed two people and injured 38 others prompted the NTSB’s recommended ban. The investigation revealed that the driver responsible for the crash was texting before the accident.

The NTSB said that over 3,000 people lost their lives in the past year due to distracted driving. Do you know someone injured because of a distracted driver? Call today for a free consultation.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.