It’s a likely bet that most of the drivers around you are using a cellphone. And yet two-thirds of them say their cellphone use should be against the law.
A poll of 2,099 adults found that 64 percent of them support a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation for a nationwide ban on the use of cellphones and texting while driving.
The poll, conducted Dec. 22-27 by IBOPE Zogby, also found that women (49%) were more likely than men (31%) to strongly support the nationwide ban. Older adults were more likely to support the ban than younger ones; 58 percent of those over 65 strongly supported ban, but 34 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 49 were least likely to support the ban.
The ban was also polarizing among political party lines as Democrats (59%) were more likely than Independents (33%) and Republicans (27%) to strongly agree with the ban.
In December, the NTSB called for an unprecedented nationwide ban on the use of personal electronic devices, like cellphones and smartphones, behind the wheel.
While the NTSB can’t enact a nationwide ban itself, the board’s recommendation calls on all 50 states and the District of Columbia to enact their own bans. Currently, state distracted driving laws vary.
Ten states and the District of Columbia ban all drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving, and 34 states and D.C. ban all drivers from texting while driving, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
States that ban all drivers from using hand-held cellphones: California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington.
States that ban texting while driving: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.