Federal regulators have declared texting, emailing or using any cell phone is too dangerous to use while behind the wheel. The National Transportation Safety Board recommends banning cell phone use while driving… period. Vice President of the National Safety Council in Nebraska Bill Mulherin says now it is up to individual states to look at legislation regarding the use of cell phones or other electronic devices while driving and he is not sure if it will be introduced during the upcoming legislative session.
Mulherin says The National Transportation Safety Board can only make a recommendation and can not make it a law. However, he says the NTSB is a very influential body and that state legislatures and governors are bound to “stand up and take a look at this”.
Mulherin says ten states currently have total cell phone bans in place and they have been in place long enough that statistics should show a drop in fatalities. He says “however, we are not seeing it. The only presumption one can make is the amount of cell phone use did not drop.”
The National Transportation Safety Board made the recommendation after investigating a fatal accident in Missouri last year where a 19 year old driver sent or received eleven text messages in 11 minutes prior to the crash. That accident injured 38 people and killed a 15 year old girl and the driver accused of using the cell phone.
The Safety Board does say using the phone in the event of an emergency would be an exception.