Although new laws about texting while driving and using a cell phone while driving have not gone national, and while they have not affected most drivers in the Washington, DC, area, they have hit the National Transportation Safety Board. The new chair woman of the NTSB announced after her swearing in ceremony that NTSB members in Washington, DC, would no longer be allowed to text or talk on the phone while driving on official business. Board members will also be disallowed from talking on or using their work cell phones while driving their personal cars.
The chairwoman, Deborah Hersman, cited recent studies that link car accidents with texting and talking on the phone. Earlier, the recommended that government and transit agencies ban the use of cellphones and other wireless devices for city workers who drive, young people, and train operators who may cause harm with their distracted driving.