The National Safety Board on Tuesday recommended a ban on cell phone use for drivers in the U.S.
This ban would extend to both hand-held and hands-free devices, though phones installed in vehicles at the factory would be permitted. Drivers with cell phones would still be able to make emergency 911 phone calls.
The NTSB also suggested that smarter cell phones could be designed that would sense where they are located in a vehicle and discourage use behind the wheel while allowing other occupants to make calls and text.
Cell phone use behind the wheel has grown to epidemic proportions and distracted driving was responsible for almost 3,100 deaths in the U.S. last year.
Although cell phone use while on the road isn’t an issue with motorcyclists, they would benefit directly by such a ban due to the reduced likelihood of a collision with a distracted driver.