NTSB calls for ban on phone use, standard collision avoidance in all vehicles

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling on all vehicle manufacturers to make collision avoidance systems standard equipment, among dozens of other recommendations to improve U.S. transportation safety.

In rolling out its new Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements, the NTSB also called for banning all mobile phone use by drivers, enacting tougher laws against impaired driving and combatting driver fatigue.

“The NTSB does not come up with these recommendations on a whim,” said board chairman Robert Sumwalt in announcing the list February 4. “It’s a data-driven approach based on the results of our investigations and the tragic and senseless deaths that we investigate.”