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ATA Supports Proposed Ban on Hand-Held Phone Use by Drivers

ARLINGTON, Va. Feb. 23, 2011

Bill Graves

Feb. 22

However, while ATA agreed with FMCSA that "drivers should be prohibited from dialing a telephone number while driving," it urged the agency not to limit drivers from pushing "a limited number of buttons in order to initiate a hands-free call."

ATA also objected to the proposed prohibition on reaching for a mobile phone while driving. Doing so, ATA argued, would prevent drivers from initiating hands-free calls which, as the agency’s research demonstrates, can have a net safety benefit. Further, ATA claimed, it is inconsistent to permit drivers to reach for other objects (e.g., a C.B., a radio dial) but prohibit reaching for a cell phone.  


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