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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) urges all states and districts to ban cellphone use while driving. The NTSB is making history by becoming the first federal agency to recommend a ban on all cellphone conversations while driving.

The NTSB does not  have any power in Congress neither the Whitehouse but the federal agency’s recommendations carry some weight.

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

As it stands, 35 states have laws in place that bans texting while driving, including Virginia.

The Cellphone Industry Trade Association, CITA, supports states that have a ban on texting while driving. But, the group will work with local lawmakers and constituents on laws that govern talking on devices while driving.

There are 9 states and districts  that require hands-free devices while driving but according to recent authoritative studies driving hands-free or not is still a major distraction for drivers.

The NTSB finds that some 13 million people are talking and texting while driving at any given time on the road.

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