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NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Bans For Drivers

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is recommending that states ban the use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices while driving. The five-member board agreed to the recommendation unanimously today, and hopes that states will adopt legislation banning both hands-free and handheld phones and devices.
While the NTSB doesn’t have authority to actually impose these types of bans, they often are able to influence those in a position to do so. The Associated Press reported that the NTSB’s recommendations were prompted in part by a deadly highway accident in Missouri last year that killed two and injured 35. The 19-year old driver who caused the accident that involved a school bus had sent and/or received several texts immediately before the crash. Recent studies have also shown that drivers reaction times are compromised when talking on cell phones, both hand-held and hands-free.

It remains to be seen if the laws will change in Michigan to prohibit the use of electronic devices while driving, but it just makes good sense to try to focus on your most important objective when behind the wheel. That would be driving and getting yourself and others to their destination safely. That LOL to your BFF can wait.

Mark Wilson/Newsmakers

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