Government: Don’t Text and Drive

The National Transportation Safety Board wants you to hang up and drive—and it’s recommending that states pass laws to make you do it. The board recommended a nationwide ban on the use of personal electronic devices while driving, coming to the conclusion after investigating a massive crash caused by a texting driver. The investigation found that a deadly pileup in Grey Summit, Mo., last year began with a pickup driver who sent 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the first collision. The board doesn’t have the power to set regulations, but its recommendations carry weight with federal regulators and state lawmakers.