The National Transportation Safety Board is urging along a radical idea – A complete ban of Cell Phone usage while driving. That’s right folks: if it passes as a law, you’ll no longer be text your friends, update your news feed, or call your mom. The NTSB is even going as far as to ban hands-free phones, saying that they’re “just too dangerous”.

Deborah A. P. Hersman (Chairmen of the NTSB) states that “No call, no text, no update is worth a human life” – and yet, there are serious oppositions from the public. While surfing the web, I found some pretty interesting statistics about distractions during driving, and it kind of makes me think that law won’t do much good even if it is passed. Check them out below:

  • Over 1/3 of drivers (37%) have sent or received text messages while driving, and 18% said they do it regularly.
  • About 13% of adult drivers have surfed the Internet while driving.
  • A large percentage of the people said they know distracted driving is dangerous, but do it anyway.

Taking hands-free phones out of the picture may be over doing it a tad, according to some critics; but what do you think? Is the NTSB crossing a line? Will it really improve safety on the road?

*according to a HealthDay poll from November 10-14, 2011 

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