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Total Ban on Cell Phones While Driving: Safety Precaution or Nanny-State-ism

The National Transportation Safety Board announced yesterday that it's now urging all states to impose total bans on people using cell phones while driving.

The board determined texting, sexting, emailing, chatting -- whatever -- is too dangerous to do while driving a vehicle.

The recommendation includes exceptions for emergencies and devices that aid in driver safety, like GPS devices.

Several states already have banned texting while driving, and a complete ban on cell phone use, NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman acknowledges, is not expected to be a popular move in a society that's become accustomed to chatting on the phone as they speed down the road.

"We're not here to win a popularity contest," she tells the Associated Press. "No email, no text, no update, no call is worth a human life."

We want to know what you think: is a total ban on cell phone use while driving a good idea, or just the federal government's latest attempt at nanny-state-ism?

Cast your vote below.


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