"An average of more than 120 young people die every week in vehicle crashes in this country. It's a tragedy that repeats itself in every city and community and it has to stop," said Acting NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker. "We must do everything we can to reduce these needless deaths and we strongly believe that banning wireless communications devices for teenagers learning to drive will help significantly."
At a public meeting today the NTSB added restricting wireless communications devices for young learners on its "Most Wanted List" of transportation safety improvements.
The recommendation, H-03-8, has been added to the Promote Youth Highway Safety area of the list. Currently 11 States and the District of Columbia have laws related to wireless communication devices and young drivers, but only eight States have laws prohibiting their use by learners in both the permit and intermediate stages.