Federal agency proposes cell phone ban for drivers

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - By Brittany Dionne - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Everywhere you look there seems to be a cell phone glued to someone's ear. Although, walking and talking may not pose much of a safety risk, besides a missed curb or glass door, driving while texting, talking or updating can be more dangerous than driving drunk.

The national highway transportation safety board says enough is enough. The NTSB has recommended a proposal for a nationwide ban on cell phones while driving.

Local driver Ashley Griffin said, "I think it's a good idea because a lot of wrecks have happened just because of that reason, especially with a lot of teenagers."  Griffin an eighteen year old driver says she knows it's not very safe to drive and use a cell phone but some times she does slipup.

Tony Harris says the cell phone ban is bad for business, "For most people today they use their phone for business now, that's how they operate their business, so to say to totally ban it. I think it's a bad idea." According to Lila Webb the solution is simple, "I don't think it's safe, they need to pull over."

Distracted driving causes 6 thousand deaths and half a million injuries every year. Simply pulling over or according to the NTSB not using a cell phone at all could save lives.

When local drivers were asked how they feel about the total deaths annually, Ashley Griffin said, "I think that's really bad, I think cell phones not being in the car will decrease that a lot."  "I think it's grim, if they keep dying, why do we keep doing it?", said Josh LaPoint.

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