NTSB recommends cell phone ban

December 14, 2011 12:00 AM

The decision whether or not to ban cell phone usage in vehicles is up to each state, but the federal government still has some say in this process. A major development toward eliminating the device's usage came today when the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that all states ban the use of cell phones and similar devices while a vehicle is in motion, reports The New York Times.

The group arrived at their decision after reviewing numerous studies about the potentially harmful effects of driving while distracted by electronic devices.

"It's going to be very unpopular with some people," said Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the NTSB. "We're not here to win a popularity contest. We're here to do the right thing. This is a difficult recommendation, but it's the right recommendation and it's time."

Of course, states don't necessarily have to follow the group's recommendation. To this point, nine states have banned cell phone usage while driving, and 35 have banned texting.

While avoiding cell phone use can be helpful in preventing accidents, drivers should also pay attention to their vehicle's health. Routine auto maintenance like brake service can help spot trouble areas in vehicles, allowing drivers to address the issue before it becomes dangerous.

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