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"In a ruling that could literally alter the lifestyles of millions of Americans, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended states completely ban the use of all mobile phones and other portable electronic devices while driving except in emergency situations."

Do you agree with this ban? Read these articles from this past week concerning the ban on use of electronics while driving, and weigh in on your thoughts. Effective or exaggerated?

NTSB To Drivers: 'Stop Texting And Get Off The Phone:'  According to the National Highway Safety Administration, nearly one put of every 100 motorists is either texting, emailing, surfing the Web or otherwise using a handheld electronic device at any given time. NHTSA says drivers are more than 24 times more likely to crash their cars if they're texting while driving. In 2009 (the last year statistics were available), nearly 5,500 people were killed and 450,000 more were injured in distracted driving crashes.

Safety Board Proposes Ban on Cell Use While Driving: "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."

Why banning drivers from using any electronics is a drastic overreaction, and won't work: The problem isn’t smartphones or gadgets: it’s us. We don’t take driving seriously enough and even those who do can’t avoid all distractions. Perhaps we do need our roadways full of self-driving Google cars after all. At least then we could drink a coffee without fear of causing an accident.

NTSB wants to ban mobile phone and electronics use in cars across the country: In August of last year, a 19-year-old pickup driver received 11 texts in as many minutes while traveling down a Missouri highway outside Gray Summit. The truck rear-ended a stopped tractor trailer at speed, which was then struck by not one, but two school buses, resulting in a massive, multi-car pileup that left 38 people injured and two dead – including the serial texter and a 15-year-old student riding in one of the buses.

So after reading these articles that are for and against, which do you agree with? Should the ban go into effect totally? Or should the restriction only be limited to texting?

Marc McGurren
I think anyone that says they haven't text while driving is lying or they don't text at all. It is VERY dangerous yet many of us still do it? I believe in it, but I don't know how it can and will be enforced.

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