New York state already bans hand-held cell phones while driving

by Michael Grant | December 16th, 2011

December 16, 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board  (NTSB) recommended on Tuesday, December 13, that drivers be banned not only from texting while driving but also from placing hands-free calls, reports PC magazine.

“More than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents,” NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said in a statement. “It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving.”

The NTSB is recommending that there be a nationwide ban on electronics while driving, but the agency focused on state efforts rather than an overarching ban from the federal level.

“A combination of enforceable state laws, high visibility enforcement, and supporting communication campaigns can reduce the number of accidents caused by drivers distracted by the use of portable electronic devices,” the NTSB concluded.

It remains to be seen what state lawmakers might do with the NTSB recommendations. Different states have different laws regarding cell phone use in the car. No state bans cell phone use outright at the point. Many do require hands-free devices or ban texting.

Along with eight other states, New York already requires hands-free mobile use while driving a vehicle, but will it ban cell phones altogether as the NTSB recommends?

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