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NTSB recommends states ban driver cellphone use

NTSB recommends states ban driver cellphone use

POSTED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 1:29pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 10:27am

Federal accident investigators recommended states ban the use of cell phones and other electronic devices by all drivers except in emergencies.

The National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation followed a finding by the board that the initial collision in a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the accident.

The pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on one of the school buses were killed. Thirty-eight other people were injured.

The NTSB's recommendation makes an exception for use of phones and other devices in emergency situations.

The board doesn't have the power to impose regulations, but its recommendations carry significant weight with lawmakers.

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The picture used to show impact of texting is the picture of the school bus on top of the pickup truck. The story is about the teen in the pickup texting. The proper question is why is the school buss following too close to the pickup to cause the accident? Why is the second school buss crashedinto the rear of the first? un this premis shouldn we ban school busses because they cause accidents? I'll admit that the teen textging wold probably have hadthe accident in the first place, but . . .

At last - someone has realised that thousands of people are being killed, injured, and maimed, because some idiot just "has to send" a message at that moment. I saw three people texting while driving today in Tyler. There should be significant fines and other punishments for these thoughtless and somewhat foolish people.

I totally support this ban, especially for texting. If you just have to communicate while driving, pull over!

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