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National Safety Transportation Board Says ‘Shut Up And Drive’

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Following in the heels of numerous bans in states across the country, the National Safety Transportation board is asking for a nationwide ban on cell phone use while in vehicles

According to Transportation Department officials more than 3000 people were killed in 2010, when they were distracted by electronic devices in their car. And while most states (including Indiana) have a ban on texting, officials say that isn’t enough.

“When it comes to using electronic devices, it may seem like it’s a quick call or a quick text or a tweet, but accidents happen in the blink of an eye,” – NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman.

The NTSB decided to take a look at the issue after an chain reaction crash in Missouri that killed two people. The driver that was at fault, a 19 year old, sent and received 11 text messages in the 11 minutes before the crash.

So what do you think? Do you text and drive? Do you try to slam out a text at a red light? Or do you ban cell phone use completely? Let me know below, and watch the Mythbusters try to see if drinking or texting while driving is worse.


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