WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators have declared texting, emailing or using any cellphone simply too dangerous to be allowed for drivers anywhere.
While the National Transportation Safety Board does not have the power to impose such restrictions, it's urging states to do so. The recommendation applies even to hands-free devices.
The recommendation follows a initial collision in a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the accident.
The pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on one of the school buses were killed. Thirty-eight other people were injured.
The NTSB's recommendation makes an exception for use of phones and other devices in emergency situations.