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Published December 14, 2011, 05:42 PM

NTSB Ban Could Mean No Cellphone Use in Cars

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The use of cell phones while driving could soon be illegal. The National Transportation Safety Board has urged all states to to place bans on cell phone use while driving.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The use of cell phones while driving could soon be illegal. The National Transportation Safety Board has urged all states to to place bans on cell phone use while driving.

Although texting and driving is already against the law in Grand Forks, emailing, even talking on the phone could eventually be illegal as well.

With the winter season in full swing, slipping and sliding on the road is one thing. But having to worry about someone rear ending you because they're distracted by their cell phone is another.

"Everybody can agree that anytime you have distracted driving going on it poses a serious hazard to people on the roadway," said Grand Forks Police Lt. Grant Schiller.

"We want them to give driving their full attention," said Highway Patrol District Commander, Captain Kyle Ternes.

On Tuesday, The National Transportation Safety Board urged all states to place a ban on the use of cell phones in cars. Here in Grand Forks-- where a city texting and driving ban is already in place-- some residents say it would be a good way to insure safety.

"I'd love it. I think too many people are on the phone and they're distracted," said Bret Letzring, a supporter of the ban.

But others think it could impose on their day to day life.

"If I weren't allowed to talk in the car, definitely that would be a huge hinder just trying to get places, communicating with people," said one who doesn't support the ban, Craig Hill.

Whether or not the ban becomes a law, people can agree it would be something folks would have to get used to.

"An adjustment period it would be difficult for some people to comply with but keeping in mind the ultimate purpose of this proposition is for human safety," said Lt. Schiller.

A ban like this takes lots of time to put into effect and it could be awhile before a law, if any, is enforced.

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