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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) thinks states should prohibit drivers from operating all electronic devices - save navigation systems - while driving.
"Too many people are texting, talking and driving at the same time," NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said at a hearing. "It's time to put a stop to distraction. No call, no text, no update is worth a human life," reports Bloomberg.
While the NTSB can recommend a cell phone driving ban to combat distracted driving accidents, such recommendations are not binding. It is up to the individual states to enact traffic laws.
The Governors Highway Safety Association notes that 9 states, D.C., and the Virgin Islands prohibit handheld cell phone use while driving, while 30 states and D.C. prohibit novice drivers from all cell phone use while driving. No state has enacted a blanket cell phone driving ban.
California, which already prohibits handheld cell phone use while driving, has some of the strictest laws regulating cell phone use in cars, so the NTSB recommendation could be bad news for lawyers who rely on their hands-free devices to get out of the office at a reasonable hour. Though the call of the client should never trump the call to safety, here are a few of the problems that a cell phone driving ban will present for attorneys:
Do you think the California legislature will take up the NTSB's proposed cell phone driving ban, or is the legislature populated with too many lawyers who rely on their phones during their commutes?