States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said Tuesday.There's no question that texting while driving is foolish and you shouldn't do it. I believe most states already ban that. In California you can't use a hand-held cellphone while driving (though everyone does it), but you can still use hands-free devices. Banning all cellphone use by drivers is foolish. People won't stop using them, and the accident rate will be completely unaffected. This is a classic government overreaction to a problem that exists largely in their own minds.
The recommendation, unanimously agreed to by the five-member board, applies to both hands-free and hand-held phones and significantly exceeds any existing state laws restricting texting and cellphone use behind the wheel.
The board made the recommendation in connection with a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year. The board said the initial collision in the accident near Gray Summit, Mo., was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the crash.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Hand-held or hands-free, doesn't matter anymore according to the NTSB:
Posted by Rick Moore on 12/13/2011