Poll: What Do You Think About Banning Cellphones While Driving?

The National Transportation Safety Board suggested on Tuesday the most far-reaching regulation on cellphone usage while driving. We're curious what you think.

An independent federal agency resonsible 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?

Rebecca Hoey December 14, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Even though it would be the safest thing on the road for everyone -- I don't think it would be possible at this point in time to implement a "complete ban on cellphone use while driving" due to the fact that for personal, social and business purposes -- they have become a way of life. Maybe the Dept of Transportation is going to eventually have to figure out a way to come up with some funding in order to help all drivers install hand-free devices in their vehicle.
T. December 14, 2011 at 10:26 PM
A complete ban, while admittedly difficult to enforce, communicates a clear message: distracted driving is needlessly dangerous and unacceptable. A generation ago drunk driving was considered inevitable and somewhat acceptable; today it is a serious crime. Have we elminated altogether? Of course not, but we have reduced it and have established a new standard of what is acceptable. As a motorcyclist I am especially aware and concerned about distracted driving, for obvious reasons. And please spare me the comments about the dangers of riding a "donorcycle." Contrary to popular misconception, my preferred mode of transportation is not, in fact, inherently dangerous. The real danger is inattentive and distracted drivers, and cell phone use, with or without hands free devices, is a leading cause of this distraction. Hang up and drive, folks! It's less stressful, and is an easy way to spare your neighbor death or serious bodily harm.
Mark Kreider December 15, 2011 at 12:02 PM
I had to drive off the road on Main Road to avoid getting hit by a driver using a cell phone last Saturday. I support a complete ban. $100 fine first time, $500 second time and third time the driver's license is revoked. It was a VERY CLOSE CALL that left us shaking!
James Dinizio Jr December 15, 2011 at 12:33 PM
No don't ban cellphone use. If you can drive and talk perhaps you shouldn't be driving.
indy December 15, 2011 at 01:11 PM
I vote for keeping the phones but banning most drivers.
Sharon Sailor December 15, 2011 at 02:14 PM
I think i am tired of too much government. Ban this, law that. Balamce budget, then worry about cell phones
Ditty51 December 16, 2011 at 12:34 AM
texting is not a good idea, but talking on the phone is no different than talking to someone in the car with one hand on the steering wheel. i have read of two incidences where a parent was adjusting the radio, and had an accident whereby the child in the car was killed. yet there are no bans on playing with the radio dial. government is always looking for more ways to control us.
T. December 17, 2011 at 11:20 AM
In the absence of sufficient internal control, there must always be external control so as to avoid chaos. One of the best ways to avoid more governmental control is to exercise more self control. Laws such the ones under consideration here come about precisely because too many people use (or abuse) their freedom through careless and irresponsible behavior. Do you want to keep Big Brother out of your driver's seat? Then be there yourself by putting away the phone. Out on the road, being in the moment isn't a philosophical abstraction; it's a matter of life and death.


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