On Tuesday, a Federal agency called for a full ban on cellphone use while driving, including a ban on the use of handsfree devices and wireless headsets.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommendation is the strictest to date, although it is non-binding, which means that states are not required to adopt it. California and other states are not likely to follow the guidelines, CA. Senator Joe Simitian told the New York Times. Simitian helped pass a law in 2006 to ban talking on a handheld phone while driving.
Reuters also said, Congress has shown no interest in banning cell phone use .
Still, this is the first time a government agency has formally called for the total ban of all cellphone use in the car while driving.
“When it comes to using electronic devices, it may seem like it’s a quick call or a quick text or a tweet, but accidents happen in the blink of an eye,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. “No emails, no texts, no calls. It’s worth a human life,” reported Reuters.
More than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in the United States in 2010, according to Transportation Department statistics.