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Safety board recommends no phones behind the wheel

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 10:35am

Every year, 1.6 million accidents happen on U.S. roadways because of drivers on cell phones. That's according to the National Safety Council, which says distracted driving accounts for up to 30% of all car accident fatalities. Now the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that states put a stop to that.

The board voted unanimoulsy on Tuesday that all 50 states ban cell phones behind the wheel, including hands-free devices. Right now, only 13 states have such a ban. Louisiana and Arkansas both outlaw texting while driving, but Texas allows it, unless you're under 18. None of them have an outright ban, but that might change, if states choose to follow the board's recommendations.

Louisiana law enforcement officials say that distracted driving is a big problem in the Ark-La-Tex. "There was one particular crash where a young lady received serious injuries as a result of texting and driving," said Cordell Williams with Troop G.

In the end, though, it'll be up to individual states to adopt the measures, since the board has no authority to legislate such action. Louisiana already voted down a similar ban earlier this year.

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