Cell Phone Ban a Possibility for Drivers

Posted on January 30, 2012 by

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Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made a recommendation to create a law completely banning any cell phone use while driving a car. This includes making calls, texting, and even the use of Bluetooth devices.

 However, there are those who believe the possible law will not go anywhere.

The original proposal was made by NTSB in December. It was greeted with much controversy and discussion, considering that the law would call for wireless Bluetooth devices to also be banned. GPS devices would be allowed, however, and cell phones would be allowed in emergencies.

Currently, there are 10 states banning handheld devices while driving. There are 35 states that now only ban texting while driving.

If the United States decides to accept this law, it would not be the first country to do so. In fact, many other countries carry the ban already. Some of these include China, Australia, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

There are still some roadblocks in the way of getting this law approved, however. For instance, many drivers are resisting this proposal because of their desire to remain in communication while behind the wheel. Others, however, are all for the law.

“I can see where the proposition is coming from,” Fleetwood junior Cody Millard said. “I agree completely with the new law.”

The statistics back up the proposition of this law. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, there were more than 3,000 deaths behind the wheel because of distracted driving in 2010. Car accidents have been the highest cause of death rate for teens, many of them involving a driver of one of the vehicles being distracted with a cell phone.

For now, this proposal is still just a proposal. Despite the amount of discussion it created, nothing at the moment has changed.

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