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Board Urges Cell Phone Ban for Drivers [POLL]

The National Transportation Safety Board says that hands-free devices are also a distraction, according to the New York Times.

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for states to ban all non-emergency cell phone use while driving, even with hands-free devices, according to the New York Times.

The agency cited evidence from numerous vehicular accidents where was a contributing factor, including an accident that occurred in Virginia in 2004 where the driver was distracted by his hands-free cell phone. Eleven high school students were injured as a result.

Chairwoman Deborah Hersman told the New York Times that the growing sophistication of cell phone devices, including the ability to play games, send email and watch movies, has the board concerned about the safety of America's drivers.

"According to NHTSA, more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents," Hersman said in a statement. "It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving. No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life."

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Connecticut Patrician December 14, 2011 at 06:18 PM
let's ban music, food, and crying babies as well-----give me a break.
Anne-marie December 14, 2011 at 06:50 PM
I know for myself that I've gotten some pretty upsetting phone calls while driving. Probably not a good idea.
Ron orson December 15, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Anyone that feels like gabbing on the phone should do it while not driving. Driving accidents while people are gabbing on the phone is out of control. If the drivers dont curb their nutty habit of doing this the government or the insurance companies will. I have a perfect way to control it. First time ought 1000 Bucks Second impound the car and suspend their driving privileges. SIMPLE
Ron orson December 15, 2011 at 12:16 AM
The dummest comparison i have ever heard. In my life. Driving while gabbing is NUTS. If you feel differently visit some of the rehab centers and ask the victoms how they feel. First time 1000 Bucks second offense take the car and suspend their licenses. Period
Connecticut Patrician December 15, 2011 at 01:22 PM
spoken like a true statist.
Anne-marie December 15, 2011 at 02:08 PM
and texting while driving or surfing the net....should be arrested.
Elyse December 15, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Talking on the phone, whether hand-held or on the bluetooth, should be banned. Well, the former is but it's obvious a LOT of people don't give a rat's patootie about breaking that law. I see people drive by the DMV office yakking on hand-held phones. Right now, I think if you're caught yakking on a hand-held phone or texting, the cops should just confiscate the phone. The now phoneless person could then 'bail it' out by paying a fine no less than $250 (I'd up it to $500 for texting) between the hours of 10-12 and 2-4 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, payable only in person at the courthouse. Second offense doubles and third, you lose the phone. period. Yes, I'd like to see it be VERY inconvenient for folks who break the law, but it's really inconvenient for the rest of us to slam on the breaks when some moron yakking on a cell suddenly changes lanes without signalling because they're too busy talking.

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