News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday December 13, 2011.
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The National Transportation and Safety board is calling for states to put a nation-wide ban on all talking and texting on a mobile phone while driving a vehicle - even if the driver is using a hands-free device.
The NTSB says that these activities resulted in distracted driving, even if a driver was using a Bluetooth headset or a speakerphone. Many states already ban texting and talking on the phone, but will allow it if the driver is using a hands-free device of some sort. The agency says that drivers should only be allowed to use their phones when it is an emergency situation.
"No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life," said NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman. "This is a difficult recommendation, but it's the right recommendation and it's time."
The agency has made the recommendation to the states, but it is up to each individual state as to whether or not it will revise its laws and enforce the new guidelines. [The New York Times via Phone Scoop]
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