The National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation is voluntary - it is up to the states to enact them into law. The CA state senator responsible for the ban on talking on hand-held cell phones and texting called it a 'political nonstarter'.
Dec 14, 2011 The New York Times - Business Day - Technology
In a recent piece in Wired, Clive Thompson suggests that the solution to the problem of texting while driving is not to stop texting, but to stop driving. The popularity of texting is a good reason to support public transit.
Mar 17, 2010 Wired Magazine
In this survey, drivers 'fess up to twelve distracting things they do while driving; and some are even more distracting than texting.
Oct 8, 2009 The Chicago Tribune
Banning "DWT" - driving while texting, could soon become the next 'seat belt requirement' for states to avoid forfeiture of some of their federal highway funds if a Senate bill is to become law.
Jul 30, 2009 The New York Times - Technology