We have frequently addressed the issue of driver distraction and the significant impact of the use of cell phones and portable electronic devices in causing motor vehicle accidents. While federal traffic safety experts have been aware of the seriousness of the danger for years, no federal panel or agency has previously recommended that states ban all use of cell phones or portable electronic devices while driving. Many states, including Georgia, have taken steps to restrict the use of cell phones for text messaging and talking while driving, but no state has banned all use of the devices by drivers. This soon may change in the wake of new recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The panel recently concluded its investigation of a chain reaction fatal accident in Missouri last year, which was caused by a texting driver. The NTSB is now proposing a comprehensive ban on all use of cell phone or portable electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.