On Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Board released a proposal for a nationwide ban on all cell phone use while driving.
This proposal came after a tragic car accident in August 2010 in Gray Summit, MO that left two dead and injured 38 others. The driver of the pickup truck that caused the accident was a 19 year old who sent 11 text messages in 11 minutes before the incident.
According to Chairwoman Deborah A.P. Hersman of the NHTSB, “More than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents…no call, no text, no update, is worth a human life.”
San Antonio, in addition to Austin, El Paso, and Arlington, banned texting while driving in October of 2010. Though the NHTSB cannot actually pass any laws banning cell phone use, this proposal sends a very clear and strong message to legislatures that are responsible for changing such laws.