Federal board recommends full cell ban while driving

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended today a federal ban on all cell phone use, including hands-free devices, while driving — a step further than any state has yet opted to take.

Citing distracted driving many drivers enjoy while idly chatting on the phone behind the wheel, the agency said cell phone use ought to be limited to emergency situations, according to the New York Times.

The recommendation is just that, a recommendation. It will be up to each state to decide if and to what extent to follow the recommendation.

Deborah A. P. Hersman, NTSB chairman, said, “No call, no text, no update is worth a human life.”

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5 Responses to Federal board recommends full cell ban while driving

  1. The lone reader says:

    Thank God the NTSB has no power to enact even a regulation. The FAA ignore them often. Hopefully the state legislatures will do the same. I’m getting very tired of nanny state government actions.

    On the other side I have no problem with manditory jail time for drivers that cause injury if they are using a phone and driving.

  2. Ken Hamilton says:

    “For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.” – Karl Marx

  3. The lone reader says:

    That doesn’t surprise me at all. I’ve had some history dealing with the NTSB and their descision process. 10 studies that show that the studies they used are bad won’t change their mind. Once they get a bone in their mouth they won’t let it go.

    They even refused an FOIA request and each time I showed that the reason they used wasn’t applicable they used another.

    But luckily they have no regulatory power and agencies often ignore them as I hope the states will in this case.

  4. Ken Hamilton says:

    Since the NTSB wants to ban hands free devices, I wonder how long before they want to ban radios, CD players, and even drivers carrying on a conversation.

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