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    OAIN: National Transportation Safety Board Recommends Cellphone Ban forTruck Drivers

    Safety advocates and the car insurance industry, along with many others, have been pushing for

    such measures to help cut down on the rate of accidents involving distracted driving.

    Orlando, FL, September 20, 2011 --(PR.com)-- In a move that may show just how serious authorities aregetting about distracted driving, the National Transportation Safety Board last week recommended

    barring truck drivers from using any type of cell phone behind the wheel except in emergencies,according to Online Auto Insurance News.

    Safety and insurance industry officials say distracted driving causes a high percentage of crashes each

    year that result in property damage, injury and death. And because driving histories are a key factor insetting premiums, causing a crash because you are distracted could make it hard to find car insurance withno down payment or other types of coverage.

    The NTSB recommendation would apply to both hand-held and hands-free phones and would prohibit

    talking and texting or emailing.

    Talking on a handheld while driving is already illegal in 10 states and the District of Columbia, andtexting is banned for all drivers by 34 states and the nation's capital, according to the InsuranceInformation Institute (III).

    School bus drivers are prohibited from using cell phones for any purpose in 19 states and D.C. and fromtexting in three states, III reports.

    More than 30,000 people die each year in the United States as a result of vehicle crashes, according to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The federal agency says that in addition to the pain

    that causes friends and relatives, those fatalities also cost about $41 billion in medical and work losses.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 percent of all crashes in2009 involved distracted driving, which can include texting, eating, applying makeup or talking topassengers.

    NHTSA says almost 5,500 people died in vehicle crashes in which driver distraction played a role, withthose victims accounting for 16 percent of all roadway fatalities.

    And the numbers have gotten worse in recent years, federal safety officials say. Ten percent of trafficfatalities in 2005 resulted from crashes involving distracted driving. That proportion had risen to 16

    percent by 2009.

    Source: http://www.distraction.gov/stats-and-facts/index.html

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    To learn more about this and other insurance and safety issues, readers can go to

    http://www.onlineautoinsurance.com/pay-monthly/where they will find informative resource pages and a

    rate-comparison generator that can help quickly evaluate their coverage options.

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    Contact Information:

    Online Auto Insurance

    Gregor McGavin909-784-2475Contact via Emailhttp://www.onlineautoinsurance.com/

    Online Version of Press Release:

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