A major government safety organization announced recommendations for banning all cell phone use by drivers nationwide.
The New York Times reported Wednesday the National Transportation Safety Board is calling for the ban due to an increase in automobile accidents caused by distracted drivers who are e-mailing, texting, watching videos and doing other things with their cell phones.
The ban would include the use of wireless headsets, which is a step the paper said no state has taken to this point.
States are not required to follow the federal agency's nonbinding recommendation, according to the New York Times. The newspaper reported that currently, nine states now ban the use of hand-held phones, and 35 states ban texting by drivers, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
A spokesperson for the NTSB said she expected the recommendation would be unpopular in some circles but said the agency is "not here to win a popularity contest."