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Dealers say hands free devices are safe, NTSB plans to outlaw

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COLUMBUS (WTVM) - Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board announced plans to push for a ban on mobile phones being allowed while drivers are behind the well.

The NTSB wants to go ever further. They want to place a total ban on all electronic devices when you are behind the wheel. This includes those hi-tech Bluetooth dash systems in most modern cars.

Legacy Chevrolet general sales manager Randy Lavoie calls the proposal silly. He says he doesn't think it will have an impact on drivers let alone the car industry itself.

"There is no way it's going away, I mean for now, how are you going to monitor it I mean people are going to be talking in their car, using their Bluetooth and doing it safely," Lavoie said.

Lavoie says that Bluetooth technology is safe and will help bring down the number of accidents caused by people who talk on their cell phones while driving.

"I would rather have people talk hands free on their car; rather them hold their phone in their hand, directly speak in the phone and not pay attention," Lavoie said.

Sheridan Mann uses hands free Bluetooth set in her car at the touch of a button she can place a call or stop one all while keeping her hands at the wheel.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year because of cell phone related distractions that caused a car accident.

Lavoie argues that with the use of hands free devices would hopefully bring that number down. He says having Bluetooth or hands free devices is no different than talking to passenger along for the ride.

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