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NTSB Wants Nation-Wide Cell Phone Ban in Cars

Posted on December 30, 2011 to

Roger Johnson

For some drivers, talking on their cell phone 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 nation-wide 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 Traffics 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 numbers 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?

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