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Nationwide Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving?

February 1, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

Has using the cell phone while driving become the new DUI? That’s what one member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said and why the NTSB wants to ban the practice across the nation’s roads. The proposed federal ban would eliminate all cell phone use while driving except for calls to emergency services. Only communication systems installed with the vehicle are allowed under the suggested ban.

Cell phone use behind the wheel is a common sight more than ever these days. Chances are you saw at least a few drivers today with a phone to their ear or looking down at their phone while texting. That distraction took over 3,000 lives last year on America’s roads, according to the latest numbers from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). An NHTSA member pointed out that car crash deaths for the sake of talking on the phone while driving are needless. The proposed ban might present an inconvenience to drivers, but the lives it could save are worth it, according to the NHTSA member.

The proposed federal ban is fresh news and we expect reactions across the board as time unfolds. A Colorado personal injury law firm brought the proposed federal ban to our attention.

Have you suffered injuries at the hands of a distracted driver?

Colson Hicks Eidson – Florida injury lawyers