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NTSB looks to gadget-makers for help on cellphone ban

Janelle Vreeland

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NTSB wants to ban use of portable electronics while driving

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is working to ban the use of portable electronics while driving.

PC World reports that the NTSB is suggesting that lawmakers in all 50 states enact laws banning drivers from using such devices. The NTSB’s proposed ban would include cellphones, hands-free cellphones and other electronic devices.

The NTSB is also looking to gadget-makers to help them enforce this ban. The NTSB is encouraging electronics manufacturers to develop features that “disable the functions of portable electronic devices within reach of the driver when a vehicle is in motion.” Ideally, this proposed feature would allow for emergency phone calls, and would allow for passengers to use their phones without restrictions.

The NTSB’s proposed ban is inspired by the horrific 2010 crash that took place in Gray Summit, Mo. The crash killed two and injured 38. The driver of the pickup truck who caused the accident had sent 11 texts in 11 minutes.

Read more about the NTSB’s proposed ban here.

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