GovBytes: Could nationwide ban on texting/phone calls while driving be coming?

Most of us are guilty. I’ve done, you’ve probably done it.

Yesterday, The National Transportation Safety Board made recommendations for a nationwide ban on the use of any electronic devices while driving,

The recommendations came after a tragic highway accident last year in Gray Summit, Mo., in which two people were killed and 38 were injured. Texting while driving is suspected to have played a role in the accident.

Specific recommendations seek to strengthen existing laws that prohibit the use of cellular technology while driving. The recommendations also want to prohibit all forms of hands-free calling technology, although the use of driving-assistance technology, like GPS navigation, would be permitted.

“According to [the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration], more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents”, said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman in a statement Tuesday. “It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving.”

What do you think? Should any of the recommendations be passed? Should the Fed enact laws that ban the use of cell phones while driving?

Feds Call for Nationwide Ban on Texts, Phones While Driving


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