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.
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