Would a cell phone ban for all drivers adhere to the Constitution?

    The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that all states pass legislation banning any type of cell phone use by drivers.

    The idea here is to promote safety, and while some states have enacted laws to ban texting or handheld phone usage behind the wheel, no sweeping policy exists. Could it?

    As the Constitution Daily explains, that pesky First Amendment is rearing its ugly head and could stand in the way of states’ ability to pass wide-reaching cell phone bans.

    Last Friday, Radio Times host Marty Moss-Coane spoke with health, safety and auto professionals about the NTSB recommendation and what kind of role it could play in our lives. You can listen to that broadcast here.

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