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Viewers debate possible cell phone ban for drivers

Viewers debate possible cell phone ban for drivers

By Keith King. CREATED Dec 14, 2011

Federal officials want a nationwide cell phone ban, but do you agree?

We've been telling you how the national transportation safety board is recommending that all states ban the use of cell phones while driving.

It's become a controversial topic, with many of you weighing in.

Doreen, Fort Myers
"Yes, there should be some type of a law passed for cell phone use while you're driving and texting."

Phil, Lehigh Acres
"If they're going to pass that law, then they need to make all the police departments take the computers and everything out of their vehicles, because that's also a distraction."

Marjorie, Bonita Springs
"I can't believe that people are not responsible enough to stop doing that nonsense, but if they can't be responsible, then I think the law should be passed."


WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators have declared texting, emailing or using any cellphone simply too dangerous to be allowed for drivers anywhere.
   
While the National Transportation Safety Board does not have the power to impose such restrictions, it's urging states to do so. The recommendation applies even to hands-free devices.
   
The recommendation follows a initial collision in a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the accident.
   
The pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on one of the school buses were killed. Thirty-eight other people were injured.
   
The NTSB's recommendation makes an exception for use of phones and other devices in emergency situations.