Have you heard the National Transportation Safety Board has been trying to limit the use of portable electronic devices in vehicles. Now the NTSB is recommending a total ban on cell phone usage in vehicles including hands-free devices.

The study concludes that at any given daylight moment, 13.5 million drivers are on hand held cell phones. Last year 3,092 highway fatalities involved distracted drivers and the NTSB is saying it is becoming an epidemic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study also says that half of young people text while driving.

According to CNN a federal safety board called Tuesday for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text messaging devices while driving.

Tuesday's recommendation, if adopted by states, would outlaw non-emergency phone calls and texting by operators of every vehicle on the road.

It would apply to hands-free as well as hand-held devices, but devices installed in the vehicle by the manufacturer would be allowed, the NTSB said.

The recommendation would not affect passengers' rights to use such devices. (Did I hear that right, you can't use them, but you can use them...what?

Wait a minute you can't use hands-free or hand held cell phones, but if the device is installed in the vehicle by the manufacturer it would be allowed.

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What do you think about this? Would you be willing not to use your cell phone while driving?

(source:CNN)