National Transportation Safety Board

MO Statehouse: texting ban
4:50 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Lawmaker will again attempt to ban texting while driving

This fatal wreck along Interstate 44 in March 2010 was caused by a driver who was texting. A state senator hopes this accident, and a federal recommendation, lead to a statewide ban on texting while driving.

In December, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that states ban drivers from using their cell phones in any way while operating a car.

In its report, the NTSB cited an Aug. 2010 accident that killed two people and injured at least 50 others. The crash took place on Interstate 44 near Gray Summit, Mo.

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Around the Nation
5:40 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Experts question need for stronger cellphone ban

A driver uses a cellphone in Maine, which has laws that ban people under 18 from using cellphones behind the wheel and bar all drivers from texting.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 4:16 pm

When the head of the National Transportation Safety Board called for states to pass tough new laws banning drivers from using cellphones or hand-held devices, she said: "No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life."

While Tuesday's statement by NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman is undeniable, there are those who question the advisability of such a ban. Some state lawmakers and transportation experts say it could be difficult to enforce and that there's no real evidence yet that existing laws on hand-held devices have significantly reduced accident rates.

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Texting While Driving / Gray Summit
11:54 am
Tue December 13, 2011

NTSB recommends ban on driver cell phone use following Gray Summit pileup

Firefighters work a school bus accident that killed two and injured 38 others in a chain reaction accident near Gray Summit, Mo. on Aug. 5, 2010. It has since been reported that the driver in the initial collision of the pileup was texting while driving.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Federal accident investigators recommended states ban the use of cell phones and other electronic devices by all drivers except in emergencies.

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