Federal Group Wants To Ban All Phone Use While Driving

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Almost everyone has used a cell phone while driving but now a federal agency wants to ban all cell phones, even if you use a hands-free device.

Adam May has more on the sweeping proposal.

This recommendation is the result of growing evidence that cell phones are more than distracting—they can be deadly.

The investigation into a chain reaction crash in Missouri that left one student and one adult dead revealed that the at-fault driver was texting behind the wheel.

“This is becoming the new DUI, it’s an epidemic,” said Robert Sumwalt, NTSB member.

Now the National Transportation Safety Board has issued a strict recommendation, urging a total ban on all cell phone use by drivers: no texting or talking.

“It’s about changing attitudes and changing the level of acceptance,” said Debbie Hersman.

“I just think it’s a huge step forward,” said Russell Hurd, Harford County father.

Hurd sits next to a Christmas tree decorated with some of his daughter’s favorite ornaments. She was killed by a texting driver.

“She was traveling with her finance to meet her mom and I at wedding planner and she was struck at a traffic light by a tractor trailer and killed instantly,” Hurd said.

In Maryland, texting behind the wheel or using a handheld cell phone is already illegal with fines up to $100.

“We certainly are happy with laws in Maryland, particularly the texting law,” said Ragina Averella, AAA Mid-Atlantic.

But AAA Mid-Atlantic says a broader 100 percent cell phone ban goes too far.

“The recommendation by the NTSB is something that, from our experience has not been met by much public or legislative support,” Averella said.

But with more and more crashes blamed on distracted driving, the Hurds plan to lobby for the change.

“We’re just hoping to save another family with the pain that is everlasting because we’ll live with this the rest of our lives,” Hurd said.

The NTSB recommendations are not binding. It’s up to state and federal lawmakers to pass the laws.

A recent survey finds one in five drivers text behind the wheel. It’s even more common among drivers younger than 24.

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  1. IF YOU HAVEN'T NOTICED says:

    china owns the feds the feds own us

  2. TJ says:

    WHILE THEY ARE AT IT BAN THE ILLEGAL THAT IS DRIVING THAT CAB. it will give somthing for the feds to do go to yellow,checker cab companys and throw a net on the illegals. you think they can handlle this before 2012?

  3. TOWSON MD says:

    I WISH MARYLAND WOULD BAN BARBARA MIKULSKI FROM EATING.

  4. TAMMY says:

    i’am for banning illegalls driving the cabs , taking construction jobs. while mikulski eats another meal, gets bigger, so does the illegals issue, no jobs, oil at highs, housing in the dumps, maryland you voteded that smog in office , eat it

  5. THAT AND A BAG OF UTZ CHIPS says:

    someone define illegal,,,,,,,then inform the b.c.p.d. so they can go to work

  6. Wiseguy says:

    …………..just hang up and drive.

  7. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    I can’t pull up to a light or enter / leave a parking mall without seeing 50% of people on phones. Mostly young girls but guys also. These people are complete imbeciles & if they only knew the loss of a mom , dad or some baby their yakking could cause, maybe they would get off the selfish kick but they were raised with :”I want it & I want to do it now, so leave me alone” attitude. I could have to pay for some parents neglectful behavior.

  8. BIG AL BUMBRY HAS SPOKEN says:

    WHEN WILL THE FEDS PUT A BAN ON THE 15 TRILLION DEBT AND GROWING, FIX THERE OWN ISSUES THAT FACE OUR NATION AND STATES, WHEN WILL THE FEDS BAN LIFE LONG TERMS,AS IN MIKULSKI, BAN TAXES AND TAX HIKES TO PAY THERE SALARYS, PUT A CAP ON OIL PER BARREL, FINISH WARS WE STARTED DECADES AGO, TAKE CARE OF THE ELDERELY , ………FIRST THE SAFETY BELT, THEN LIGHTS ON WHEN RAINING, HELMENTS FOR MOTOR CYCLES,,,,,, WE ARE A WEEK AND CHUMP GENERATION, IF YOU TOLD YOUR GRANDPARENTS THIS ALL WOULD OF TOOK PLACE,,,,,,,FOLKS DON’T HAVE ENOUGH SENSE, AND ARE IGNORANT, JUST LOOK OUT YOUR LEADERS MIKULSKI, CARDIN, RUPPERNBERGERS, OMALLY, GREAT JOB MARYLAND YOU PICKED THEM as far as illegals go, it’s like drugs, and gangs they do not want to take care of the inporant issues in our life

    1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

      Big Al Bumbry, You blame the leadership for something you & your parents failed to do & that is to instill respect for life, limb & property. Anyone who types in all caps, misspells every other word, should still be picking cotton.

  9. disgusted says:

    Good. These idiots are too stupid to have phones. Time to start revoking licenses. Get your tubes tied while your at it.

  10. Jack says:

    What’s next? No radio? No talking to passengers? No eating?… get the government out of our cars– it’s called personal discretion, people. We already have laws for negligent driving… enforce them and use common sense.

  11. Dennis Stem says:

    If we keep letting the government take away from us what are they gonna leave us with? Next it’ll now car radios, or GPS, or even children (they’re distractng). Where do it all end?

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