NTSB recommends ban on driver cell phone use in the U.S.

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending a ban of all cell phones while driving, including hands-free devices.

"No email, no text, no update, no call is worth a human life," says NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman.

This recommendation comes after reviewing a deadly crash in Missouri that injured 30 and killed two - including the 19-year-old texting truck driver.

"The NTSB is here to investigate. To learn from our accident investigations and to make recommendations to prevent future accidents, future fatalities, or injuries," says Chairwoman Hersman.

Back in September, the NTSB made recommendations for truck and bus drivers when a wreck involving a semi killed 11 people in Hart County. Investigators determined the truck driver used his phone to make 69 combined phone calls and text messages in the 24 hours before the collision. While the NTSB doesn't have the power to impose restrictions against texting and talking on hands-free devices, they're still doing everything they can to make sure individual states do.

"Because frankly, this is where the fatalities in transportation occur."

The NTSB recommendation does make an exception for phone use in emergency situations.


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