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Cell phone ban a good idea

Have you felt threatened on the highways from drivers concentrating on a cell phone conversation, or perhaps texting?

Many drivers have and many are still potential victims of distracted drivers who are more interested in what someone on the other end of “the line” is saying than keeping their eyes on the roadway ahead.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB) has called for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and texting while driving.

The NTSB recommendation concerning cell phones comes after 10 years of seeking to limit use of portable electronic devices.

The pros and cons quickly surfaced, giving reasons for and against such a ban.

Sure people talk while in a car, but the driver doesn’t have to look down at a keyboard or small screen to see who is calling, or to talk to passengers.

When eyes are taken off the road, accidents happen.

Drivers have crossed the dividing line, aiming at vehicles using the same roads, run traffic signals and stop signs, and lost control of the steering wheel while going around corners and curves.

There are those who claim using a cell phone while driving is not dangerous.

It is the right of other drivers and pedestrians to believe it is safe to travel the nation’s roads and walk across streets without facing an obstacle course or distracted drivers.

Some 13.5 million drivers are on handheld portable smart phones at any given daylight moment, the NTSB reports.

Some 3,092-roadway traffic fatalities last year involved distracted drivers, but that number may be higher.

Will violators of the ban, if all 50 states go along with it, face charges of DD, which could be the 21st century’s DUI?

Stop to talk, or drive. We want to arrive alive.

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