According the Associated Press, the federal safety investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended Tuesday that all states impose a ban on cell phone use while driving except for emergencies. Inspired by recent deadly crashes, including one in which a teenager sent or received 11 text messages in 11 minutes before an accident, the recommendation would apply even to hands-free devices, a much stricter rule than any current state law. The unanimous recommendation by the five-member National Transportation Safety Board would make an exception for devices deemed to aid driver safety such as GPS navigation systems. The NTSB declared that texting, emailing or using a cellphone while driving is simply too dangerous to be allowed anywhere in this country. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed as a result of an automobile crash, contact our office for a free consultation.
A recent federal safety agency has made a strong recommendation that eighteen-wheel truckers and other commercial drivers should be banned from talking on the cell phone and texting when they're behind the wheel. In a hearing held in Washington DC, the National Transportation Safety Board endorsed the ban after hearing about a truck driver who was involved in a crash that killed 11 people on a Kentucky highway in 2010.
The Texas Transportation Institute recently surveyed 1,167 licensed drivers at ten different Texas Department of Public Safety drivers' license stations and concluded that 52% of Texas drivers would support a law prohibiting mobile phone usage while driving. This survey comes in advance of the 2011 Texas legislative session, which begins in January.
A recent survey by the Texas Transportation Institute found that 52% of drivers in Texas would support a law banning mobile phone usage while driving. Additionally, about 85% of Texas drivers felt that texting or talking while driving is worse than it was just five years ago. The survey included nearly 1200 licensed drivers and was conducted at 10 different driver license stations operated by Texas DPS in September and October of this year.