Frequent mobile phone debate to get more attention

There never was any doubt that Minnesota legislators would debate in 2012 whether drivers should be banned from using mobile telephones, but a National Transportation Safety Board’s call for such action nationwide draws more attention to the issue.

“A study released just last week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that at any given moment approximately 13.5 million people are using their cell phones while driving,” Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, said. “With nearly 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries caused by distracted drivers every year, this is simply unacceptable.”

Hornstein, author of a bill to ban drivers’ mobile phone use, said it is “a common sense solution in reducing traffic accidents. Studies show that using cell phones while driving can have the same impact of driving while intoxicated.”

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