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NTSB Wants to Ban Use of All Electronic Devices While Driving

Over 3,000 died in 2010 due to distracted driving.

by on Dec.14, 2011

Texting was blamed for this August 2010 crash that killed two.

The National Transportation Safety Board wants to ban the use of all electronic devices while driving. That includes not only handheld phones and texting, but even the use of hands-free phones, Internet-connected devices and other high-tech systems.

The recommendation – which does not in itself carry the weight of law – comes days after another federal agency revealed that roughly one of every 11 Americans killed in traffic accidents in 2010 died due to distracted driving.

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“It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life.”

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U.S. Highway Fatalities Slip to Lowest Level Ever

But texting, cellphoning, distractions caused one in 11 deaths.

by on Dec.09, 2011

There were still more than 30,000 highway fatalities in 2010 -- many readily preventable.

U.S. highway fatalities fell to their lowest level ever last year when adjusted to reflect the ever increasing number of miles driven by American motorists.

But the good news was tempered by the fact that federal data showed one of every 11 highway fatalities came as the result of texting, cellphoning or some other form of distracted driving.  And the government report indicates that a large share of last year’s fatalities might have been avoided had more motorists buckled up.

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In all, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 32,885 Americans died on the road in 2010, the fewest since 1949, when Harry Truman was in the White House and the Interstate highway program hadn’t even been conceived yet.

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