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NTSB says stop using mobile devices while driving

Ban could pose threat to employers lacking cell phone policies

This week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for a nationwide ban on the use of mobile devices—such as cell phones and Blackberrys—while driving. According to the board, more than 3,000 deaths in 2010 can be attributed to drivers distracted while using a portable electronic device (read the NTSB’s fact sheet, “Put the Brakes on Distracted Driving”).

“The NTSB is taking a very strong stand on this issue because we’re seeking red flags when it comes to distraction, with both hand-held and hands-free,” NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.


Cathleen Flahardy

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