December 15, 2011 article in FLORIDA TODAY by Jamie Stengle of the Associated Press discusses the topic of banning phones in vehicles.
The article reports that millions of Americans use their cars as a mobile offices, rely on phones almost every hour of every workday to stay productive and earn a living. So would drivers ever abide by a proposed ban on almost all cell phone use behind the wheel, even if it is hands-free? Could they afford to? Those are just a few of the questions looming over a federal recommendation that seeks to rein in what has become an essential tool of American business.
The National Transportation Safety Board declared Tuesday that texting, emailing or chatting while driving is just too dangerous to be allowed anywhere in the United States. It urged all states to impose total bans except for emergencies. The NTSB, an independent agency that investigates accidents and makes safety recommendations, doesnt have the power to impose regulations or make grants, but its suggestions carry significant weight with lawmakers and regulators.
Still, a decision rests with the states, meaning that 50 separate legislatures would have to act.
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