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POLL: Federal Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving?

National safety officials say distracted driving has become as dangerous as drunk driving.

A major government safety organization announced recommendations for banning all cell phone use by drivers nationwide.

The New York Times reported Wednesday the National Transportation Safety Board is calling for the ban due to an increase in automobile accidents caused by distracted drivers who are e-mailing, texting, watching videos and doing other things with their cell phones.

The ban would include the use of wireless headsets, which is a step the paper said no state has taken to this point.

States are not required to follow the federal agency's nonbinding recommendation, according to the New York Times. The newspaper reported that currently, nine states now ban the use of hand-held phones, and 35 states ban texting by drivers, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

A spokesperson for the NTSB said she expected the recommendation would be unpopular in some circles but said the agency is "not here to win a popularity contest."

fyi December 14, 2011 at 05:41 PM
We do not need new laws, and worse, laws disguised as regulations, every time a little girl falls down a well or someone breaks a fingernail. This is all about control and the destruction of liberty and our Constitution. Wake up America, these laws set precedence for more laws. Do I think seat belts are a good idea???? Of course! Should it be a law? NO!!!!!!!!!! That is just the tip of the iceberg. Stop the madness! You can not legislate the populace to perfect safety and good behavior. End the attack on liberty with victimless crimes. Outlawing cell phone use in and of itself is philosophically ludicrous. Prosecuting someone for negligent driving after injuring someone else by using a cell phone inappropriately as a component of that negligence is the proper legal route. Though it may be unpopular in our skewed societal perception even drunk or impaired driving should be treated in this same, constitutionally consistent way. There are risks in a free society. The loss of liberty and empowerment of government is far more frightening than the risks associated with interacting with free citizens. Even the stupid or evil ones... In the words of Dennis Miller - 'Life is tough, wear a cup"

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