12/13/2011 4:00:00 PM
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U.S. drivers would not be able to send text messages or use mobile phones â€” even with headsets or speakers â€” under a recommendation Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board aimed at preventing distracted-driving crashes, Bloomberg reported.
â€œToo many people are texting, talking and driving at the same time,â€� NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said at a hearing in Washington. â€œItâ€™s time to put a stop to distraction. No call, no text, no update is worth a human life,â€� she said, Bloomberg reported
Systems built into cars, like General Motors Co.â€™s OnStar, and global positioning systems would not be affected by the ban, an NTSB spokeswoman said.
The independent agency recommends safety improvements for U.S. agencies to act upon; it canâ€™t implement them itself. Donald Karol, the NTSBâ€™s director of highway safety, said the agency had been recommending collision warning systems since the mid 1990s, Bloomberg reported.
NTSB strengthened its anti-phone stance after completing its investigation into an August 2010 crash in Gray Summit, Mo., in which a 19-year-old GMC Sierra pickup driver sent or received 11 text messages in 13 minutes before plowing into the back of a tractor-trailer, Bloomberg said.
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