NTSB recommends ban on driver cell phone use

By JOAN LOWY
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal accident investigators recommended states ban the use of cell phones and other electronic devices by all drivers except in emergencies.

The National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation followed a finding by the board that the initial collision in a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the accident.

The pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on one of the school buses were killed. Thirty-eight other people were injured.

The NTSB's recommendation makes an exception for use of phones and other devices in emergency situations.

The board doesn't have the power to impose regulations, but its recommendations carry significant weight with lawmakers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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I hope this will become law, the sooner the better....probably half, if not more of the accidents here in Wilmington are caused by someone talking on a cell phone or texting while driving. Some people think they can't do anything without a damn cell phone stuck up to their ear!!

You do know that their recommendation also applies to hands free cell phones also which is know different then talking to someone else in the car. Maybe they should suggest no talking period while in a car. I agree that handheld devices should definitely be banned while driving but to alo include hands free devices is a little ridiculous.

Common sense of the average individual realized this neccessity years ago, but the Gov't has to dilly-dally around, lookat this, lookat that, check this, check that, PC this, PC that and FINALLY they begin to think.

I doubt officers will enforce it though. I see at least 3 people each way to work that are texting and driving erratic. While texting is as dangerous as drunk driving, the penalties should be the same as well!

You have got to be kidding. The general driving public has known this and been pushing for this for years. How long does it take the morons that run things to figure out what an average citizen can figure in a few minutes? What a bunch of clowns. And, sadly, they are getting PAID for their incompetence. Probably being paid off, as well by the cell companies not to act.