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States unlikely to heed NTSB call for cell ban

NTSB likely to face stiff state opposition to call for ban on cell phone use by drivers By The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) ' After a texting teenager caused a fatal Missouri pileup involving two school buses, state lawmakers had a chance to toughen restrictions on driver cellphone use. It got filibustered.

The National Transportation Safety Board is citing that accident to call for an all-out ban on cellphone use by drivers ' even hands-free devices.

Lawmakers give the proposal little chance at state capitols. While acknowledging safety concerns, they're wary of inconveniencing commuters and say a ban would be a deep government intrusion. Others say you can't legislate against every distraction and it would be unenforceable.

No state bans the use of hands-free devices for all drivers. Even in Missouri, where the bus crash occurred, the lawmaker who tried to broaden the texting ban believes a full-blown cellphone prohibition goes too far.

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