Cell Phone Ban Recommendations

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  1. In case you missed it, the NTSB on Tuesday "called on the 50 states and the District of Columbia to ban the nonemergency use of PEDs (portable electronic devices) (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers." 
  2. The report, which investigated a tragic school bus crash and many others, came to the conclusion that something more stringent is necessary, even more than the "no-texting-while-driving" laws that 35 states already have on the books. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a good backgrounder. 
  3. As is the case in this networked age, I turned to Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for some thoughts. Several people wondered what constitutes the distractions that the NTSB should be warning us against, and another set pointed to the massive challenge in enforcing such a ban, even if it were adopted by all 50 states. 
  4. Since they investigate air crashes--do they they think pilots are distracted by these devices, too? I won't tell you where I read your post. ;-)
  5. Some people are passionate about the debate, either saddened by the loss of life or those who don't feel the government has a place in legislating common sense. Dan Gillmor pointed me to a recent quote from California Gov. Jerry Brown in a recent veto: "Not every human problem deserves a law." 
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