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Use of hands-free devices while driving won't be banned, says U.S. government

News by Dan Seifert on Thursday December 22, 2011.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that his agency, the Department of Transportation, will not back the recommendation made by the National Transportation and Safety Board to ban the use of cellphones while driving, even with a hands-free device.

The NTSB made its recommendation earlier this month, and it encouraged states to amend their current laws on the use of cellphones while driving to ban it entirely. The NTSB does not have any legislative powers, however, but the Department of Transportation does.

The NTSB won't be getting the backing of the Department of Transportation in this endeavor anytime soon though, as Secretary LaHood stated that hands-free calling "is not the big problem in America," and that "If other people want to work on hands-free, so be it."

A number of states ban the use of cellphones while driving without a hands-free device, but all of them permit it with a hands-free device. Texting while driving is banned in most states, as well. [The Wall Street Journal via Phone Scoop]

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