Recommendation to Ban Cell Phones Use

Washington-AP -- The National Transportation Safety Board wants states to ban inexperienced drivers from using cell phones behind the wheel.

The move follows the board's review of a Maryland accident in which a 20-year-old driver flipped her SUV and landed on a minivan. The driver and four others were killed.

An investigation showed the driver was talking on her cell phone -- when a wind gust hit the car. Investigators say she was slow to respond because she was distracted.

The NTSB is also recommending that driver education programs detail exactly how much cell phones can distract drivers.

Currently, New Jersey is the only state that bans drivers with learners permits or intermediate licenses from using wireless devices while driving.

A Harvard study released last year estimated that about one in 20 U.S. traffic accidents involve a driver talking on a cell phone.

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