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NTSB recommends nationwide cell phone ban for drivers

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A federal agency is wanting to put the brakes on distracted driving.

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending states ban drivers from using cell phones for talking or texting while driving.

The agency is recommending state legislatures take action.

For many, it's a way of life. Checking their e-mail, Facebook, even Tweeting from their smartphone.

However, for resident James Moore, he's had three friends die in a car accident for texting and answering their phone. 

Th 19-year-old knows all too well the price of convenience behind the wheel. 

He says, "My closest friend for four years passed away just four months ago and it just tears me apart for seeing stuff like this on the news and I just want to start crying for everybody. It just hurts me."

Moore says his friend was just doing what many drivers are guilty of every day.

"They were texting and they were trying to keep their eyes on the road and they couldn't do it too well, and another car hit them and they just passed away right then and there on the spot."

Renee Snowden, supports the ban says, "It could prove an inconvenience to us, myself included, but it's an inconvience I could live with."

Snowden says she's actually witnessed accidents caused by distracted drivers on cell phone.

She says, "It frightens me if I look in my rearview mirror and I see the person behind me's head is down, looking in their lap. I think, let me speed up and get away."

Under the NTSB's recommendation, drivers could still use GPS or other devices that aid driving, but there would be an outright ban on all mobile devices.

Deborah Hersman, NTSB Chairwoman says, "Yes, that does apply to Bluetooth, hand held and hands free. It is both a visual and a cognitive distractions and the manual distractions that we are concerned about."

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