For a moment, it looked like the federal government was going to push a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones while driving.

FOX's Lisa Lacerra reports:

In what appeared to signal a major policy change in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted non binding guidelines on distracted driving on a federal website, recommending that states not allow use of not just hand held devices, but hands-free as well.

But the agency now says it was all a mistake, that the guidelines were not fully reviewed before being posted and would be withdrawn, adding it had no plans to recommend a cell phone ban.

14 states and Washington, D.C., ban use of hand held devices by all drivers, but no states have prohibited the use of hands free devices.

Lisa Lacerra, FOX News.