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NTSB recommends ban on personal electronic devices while driving

December 14, 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called for the first-ever nationwide ban on driver use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) while operating a motor vehicle.

The safety recommendation calls for the 50 states and the District of Columbia to ban the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers.

"According to NHTSA, more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents," said Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices while driving." Read the NTSB news release.

Related content: UMTRI research professor Paul Green is quoted in a December 14 article on the NTSB recommendation in the Detroit Free Press.

Michigan is one of 35 states to ban texting while driving. Nine states and the District of Columbia prohibit drivers from using handheld cell phones. No state currently bans the use of all handheld and hands-free devices, but many prohibit all cell phone use by certain drivers. The Governors Highway Safety Association maintains a list of state cell phone use and texting while driving laws.