The National Transportation Safety Board has proposed a nationwide ban on calling and texting while driving, including using hands-free devices.

"No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life," Board chairman Deborah Hersman said in a statement on Tuesday. "It is time for all of us to stand up for safety by turning off electronic devices when driving."

Over 3,000 people died last year in distraction-related car crashes. The ban would allow drivers to use GPS navigation systems while driving, but would not allow drivers to use those systems (or anything else) to make and receive calls while on the road.

Many states already have bans in place against texting and driving, and require drivers to use hands-free devices while chatting on the road. The ban on hands-free devices as well is really where this particular proposition gets interesting.

From driving around just where I live, I've had quite a few near-death experience with people in giant SUVs having animated conversations while driving and using a Bluetooth headset. While hands-free devices are great because they let you keep both hands on the wheel, but that doesn't mean your mind is on the road.

What do you think about a nationwide ban on calling and texting while driving? Should drivers be able to use hands-free devices while driving, or should they be banned as well?

[via: All Things D]