NTSB Wants Nation-Wide Cell Phone Ban in Cars

By Peter DePaolis

For some drivers, talking on their cell phones while driving has become second nature. In your morning commute today you likely spotted numerous drivers with a cell phone clutched to their ears or looking down while texting. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants to put a stop to that with a nationwide ban on cell phone use while driving.

The NTSB’s concern over the issue is justified. Approximately 3,092 car accident deaths involved distracted drivers in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). An NHTSA spokesperson commented that distracted driving is turning into the new DUI. The NHTSA thinks the inconvenience to drivers does not compare to the number of lives the ban can save.

The ban would end all cell phone use while driving except calls for emergency services. In addition, the ban would put a stop to hands-free devices. The ban would not cover devices pre-installed by carmakers.

Have you suffered injuries in a car accident caused by a driver using his or her cell phone? It is in your best interest to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today.

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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.