Safety Group Advocates Ban on Cell Phones for Drivers

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A national safety group is advocating a total ban on cell phone use while driving, saying the practice is clearly dangerous and leads to fatalities.

The National Safety Council says in a new campaign that states should ban drivers from using hand-held and hands-free cell phones, and businesses should prohibit employees from using cell phones while driving on the job.

No state currently bans all cell phone use while driving. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says six states -- California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Utah and Washington -- and the District of Columbia ban the use of hand-held cell phones behind the wheel.

Also, 17 states and the district restrict or ban cell phone use by novice drivers. But eight states including Oklahoma prohibit localities from banning cell phone use.

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