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Should We Ban All Cell Phone Use While Driving?

Bold Plan Would Make it Illegal to Use a Cell Phone and Drive

Itasca, Ill (January 12, 2009) --- Many states have mandated that drivers must use a hands-free device if talking on a cell phone while operating an automobile.

The National Safety Council says it's hardly enough.

On Monday, the non-profit group called for a nationwide ban on all cell phone use while driving. The NSC urges all motorists to stop using cell phones and messaging devices while driving, and is petitioning businesses to enact policies prohibiting it and governors and legislators in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to pass laws banning the behavior.

“Studies show that driving while talking on a cell phone is extremely dangerous and puts drivers at a four times greater risk of a crash,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the NSC. “Driving drunk is also dangerous and against the law. When our friends have been drinking, we take the car keys away. It’s time to take the cell phone away.”

A study from the Harvard Center of Risk Analysis estimates that cell phone use while driving contributes to 6 percent of crashes, which equates to 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, 12,000 serious injuries and 2,600 deaths each year. The study also put the annual financial toll of cell phone-related crashes at $43 billion.

A fact sheet, data resources and other information concerning cell phone use while driving are available on the NSC website, at

Opposing Views asks: Do you support a ban on cell phone use while driving?



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