US Panel Wants Ban Using Cell Phones While Driving

Washington, Dec 14 (IANS/EFE): The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday recommended unanimously prohibiting people from using cell phones and other electronic items while driving, except in an emergency.

The NTSB's recommendation would apply to all types of electronic devices, including hands-free phones, and it goes far beyond the existing restrictions in many states.

Although the recommendations of the NTSB are non-binding, they certainly carry a great deal of weight and lawmakers normally observe them. In this case, it would be up to the states to implement the necessary measures.

The recommendation by the agency is the result of a 2010 pileup near Gray Summit, Missouri. The 19-year-old driver blamed for the accident sent or received 11 text messages in the 11 minutes before causing the crash.

His pickup truck, which was travelling at almost 90 kph, collided with a tractor-trailer that had slowed down due to highway repair work. Subsequently, a school bus plowed into the pickup truck and a second bus then crashed into the first one.

The driver of the pickup truck and a 15-year-old student died, and 38 people were injured.


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