The NTSB wants to ban mobile phones while driving. I 100% disagree with this. This is another case of treating the symptom while ignoring the cause. Distracted driving is very mush a safety issue and one that must be dealt with, but banning phones is not the solution.
The solutions is to actually teach people how to drive, and how to respect the extremely dangerous act of driving in the process.
Step 1: Allow people to fail the driving test as they should. If they answer a question incorrectly, bummer, you're done until you can test again in a month. Two questions will get most drivers to fail. What does a yellow light mean, and what are turn signals used for. The answers must be specific. Turn signals are NOT, I repeat, NOT used to tell others that you are turning.
Step 2: Add accountability to driving laws, failure to abide means loss of license until you can take the test and pass. (This must have a level of severity added, but it cannot be written, it must be the judgment of the officer)
Step 3: Re-think the current laws to include other modes of transport such as motorcycles, bikes, pedestrians, and even computer controlled vehicles.
Step 4: Enforce ALL the laws. Don't use a turn signal correctly, you get stopped. You may not get a ticket, but you are informed of your mistake and noted (this is where the hard lined rules need to be fixed and give judgment back to the officer).
Step 5: You must pass the test again at at regular intervals. I, and probably most drivers out there have not seen a drivers test or had their ability and knowledge of the laws and safety tested since they were 16. For me that was 15 years ago.
We need to gain a respect for driving again, the reason people are crashing while using their phone is not the phones fault, it is the fact that the user has no clue seriousness and danger of operating a deadly vehicle.
Here in the US every 16 year old has a car and a license and it is believed to be a right... it is not. Driving is a privilege and it must be treated as such.