Today the National Transportation Board (NTSB) released a recommendation that all cell phones and portable devices–including hands-free devices–be banned during driving, except in cases of emergency.

The five member pannel came to a unanimous decision in the wake of a deadly highway accident in Missouri last year. According to the committee, the accident was caused by a truck driver who sent 11 text messages and 11 minutes. The driver and a 15-year-old student were killed and 38 others were injured during the accident.

The board’s recommendation, that states ban all hand-held devices, is stronger than most laws that are currently in place. Despite most states (35) having laws on the books prohibiting texting while driving, a recent survey found that two out of 10 drivers, and nearly half of drivers between ages 21 to 24, admit to texting, emailing, or surfing the web while driving.

Although the NTSB doesn’t have the power to mandate a law, the board does have significant influence over lawmakers and federal regulators that do.

Should ALL cell phones be banned while driving? 

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  • CD86

    It doesn’t matter if they should because people will use their phone anyway.

  • African Mami

    A young lady was driving while texting her family. She was just a couple of minutes away from school…she was set to GRADUATE from college that fateful day, and DIED because of that!

    STOP TEXTING, STOP ANSWERING YOUR PHONES will driving! If you don’t care for your life there are people that do care! Urrrrrrgh! This should not be even up for debate!

  • Tami

    Yes all cell phones should be banned. People have become consumed with themselves, texting & using the phone & not watching what they are doing while they are driving. No-one thinks they will cause an accident, but accidents are not planned. I pray this law goes into effect.

  • Gumbumper

    I agree with Tracie, the only time I text is at a red light.

  • gmarie

    It’s time. I live in California where it has been illegal but still I’ve seen COUNTLESS people with phones to their ears, completely not alert and unaware of whats going on on the outside of their car. then they look up at you with the “my bad” face- no. PAY ATTENTION. For one the fine on texting/talking while driving is a complete joke. at $125. people spend that at a bar on friday nights. The fine should be upped to the same price as a speeding ticket or carpool lane violation

    I also think that blue tooth connections should come standard in new cars now.