On December 13, 2011, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made a recommendation that all 50 states and the District of Columbia ban the use of portable electronic devices while driving. The NTBS cited fatality statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimating that more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents. “It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life.”
Although a very tough recommended measure not expected to get very far politically, the NTSB recommendations may have a strong impact going forward with insurance companies and corporations. 12.14.2011.