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Call for Total Cell Phone Ban Gets Set Aside

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) decided to pass on a resolution calling for an all-out ban on cell phone usage while driving, hands-free included.

The resolution, which was presented by GHSA members from California, proposed:

“GHSA supports a total ban of cell phone use (hands-free and handheld) and text messaging for all drivers.”

The proposal also included a ban electronic devices such as video screens and “a ban for school bus drivers on text messaging or using electronic devices except in emergencies.” But, the resolution was tabled at the group’s 2010 Annual Meeting “Technology and Highway Safety: What’s Driving Our Future?” after the membership decided there was not enough data and research on the issue to pass such a ban.

“It’s just too soon. We need to have more evidence that this kind of thing would work,” said GHSA spokesperson Johnathan Adkins.

Currently, school bus drivers in 18 states and Washington, D.C., can not use cell phones while driving.



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