FEDERAL BAN PROPOSED: NO CELL PHONES OR TEXTING
An article appeared on cnn.com today largely as follows: Washington (CNN) — Federal accident investigators Tuesday called for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text messaging devices while driving. A recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) shows that half of young people text while driving. The recommendation is the most far-reaching yet by the NTSB, which in the past 10 years has increasingly sought to limit the use of portable electronic devices. It has recommended such bans for novice drivers, school bus drivers and commercial truckers. The new recommendation, if adopted by states, would ban non-emergency phone calls and texting by operators of every vehicle on the road. It would not apply to hand-free devices or to passengers.
From a legal standpoint, the definition of “hand-free device” remains cloudy and subject to interpretation. As this blog has stated before, car accidents are investigated by the government, by personal injury lawyers and by insurance companies, and if it is discovered that a person was negligent or in violation of the ban, or even if they were texting without a ban, the person texting may be liable to others for personal injury damages.
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