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.
“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.”