WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — Federal accident investigators recommended states ban the use of cell phones and other electronic devices by all drivers except in emergencies.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation followed a finding by the board that the 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.

The board doesn’t have the power to impose regulations, but its recommendations carry significant weight with lawmakers.

Currently, Connecticut is the only New England state that bans handheld cell phone use.

Every New England state, including Massachusetts has enacted bans on texting while driving.

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Comments (12)
  1. Bob says:

    A bigger distraction than cell phones is all the electronic displays in cars today.
    Not to mention the 150 memorized radio stations!

    1. Matt says:

      Or the wife nagging next to you.

      1. jinxie says:

        thanks for the laugh Matt!

  2. Denise says:

    Ya well Drinking and driving or speeding is against the law too but that doesn’t stop people from doing it. It again will be one of those catch me if you can… and even after that they’ll do it again! I think if they started ticketing more people for speeding it will slow them down and therefore have a ripple effect in the # of accidents because people will have more time to react! After all there is no reason that someone needs to travel at 80-85 MPH on Rt 2 but they do every day and try to run you off the road if you’re doing 60 passing people – because you aren’t going fast enough! Slow down – enjoy your life – after all w/ all the crazies these days who knows if we’ll be the next victim of their random acts of violence!

  3. Nab71 says:

    Amazing how long it takes for the government to come to a common sense decision.

  4. D says:

    If the argument is that handholding a cell phone while conducting a conversation on same, is a danger to safety, someone please explain to me while we are not
    banning say, eating an apple while have a conversation with a passenger or, driving with your arm out the window on a warm summer day while having a conversation with a passenger.

    No, it is not the phone, it is not conversation it is some people’s inability to do those responsibly.

    And they are basing their recommendations on an accident caused by a 19 yo driver ? hmm age and experience behind the wheel had NOTHING to do with that crash I am sure.

    Besides. While I don’t text during driving, I will continue to talk on my phone for non emergency calls if I myself deem the circumstances safe to do so.

    I have no plans to stop that either as long as I see Local cops, State Troopers and other law enforcement agencies chatting away on their cell phones while driving

  5. DoverDavid says:

    There should be a nationwide ban. If you want to use your phone, PULL OVER! Then you can talk for as long you want about what ever you want and no one has to suffer from your selfish behavior as you don’t pay attention to what your doing.

  6. StudioPeg says:

    Thank you NTSB for the first steps to enacting a ban on all use of cell phones and similar electronic devices in cars.

    It makes me sick that I have to watch my rear view mirror at every intersection to see if the person behind me is going to look up from their cell phone to stop before hitting me. It makes me sick when I am on my motorcycle and I glance to the lane next to me to see someone looking down at their cell phone at 50 mph. It makes me sick when I politely say “you are putting yourself and others – including me – in danger” and I get the finger.

    It all shows that people in general are selfish, addicted, defensive, and lack self-discipline. Such laws are put into place because the it recognizes these shortcomings. It will be a day for celebration if this ban is ever made into law, and it is unfortunate this it is already at the expense of the horrible deaths of children, mothers, fathers……..

  7. Patrick says:

    One word: GOOD!

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