An independent federal agency responsible for investigating transportation accidents called on Tuesday for a nationwide ban on cellphone use while driving. It would be the most far-reaching regulation on mobile devices - even including hands-free electronics often found in newer cars - as regulators fear the uses beyond just phone calls are distracting drivers more and more.
The National Transportation Safety Regulation Board reported its final conclusions on Tuesday in relation to an August, 2010 accident in Missouri during which two people were killed. The NTSB said one driver, who was killed, was "most likely distracted from the driving task by a text messaging conversation at or near the time of the accident."
"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."
Currently, nine states - including New York - ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving.
We're curious: what do you think about a complete ban on cellphone use while driving?