Feds Try and Crack Down on Distracted Driving
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration wants automakers to put limits on vehicle technologies that permit texting and cellphone calling when a car is moving, as part of a broader effort to stop driving behaviors that could be distracting and cause crashes.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proposed voluntary steps on Thursday that would establish new safety criteria for hands-free calling, navigation, and entertainment systems that have become common in new cars and trucks.
The guidelines are mainly an attempt to reach younger drivers, who are the most inexperienced and whose daily lives are most influenced by wireless technology.
“Distracted driving is a dangerous and deadly habit on America’s roadways — that’s why I’ve made it a priority to encourage behind the wheel,” LaHood said. Distracted driving deaths totaled 3,092 in 2010, the latest available figures show. But LaHood’s agency believes the unwillingness of drivers to always admit behavior, lack of witnesses to a crash in some cases, or the death of the
Most U.S. motorists surveyed last year acknowledged few situations in which they would not use a cell phone or text However, they supported measures to curb both practices, the Transportation Department said.
The guidelines announced on Thursday would cover standard and optional systems not directly relevant to safe driving distraction” by engaging the driver’s eyes or hands for more than a brief moment. The proposal recommends disabling in-vehicle electronic devices that the driver could use when a car is moving. This includes Internet browsing and access to social media.
Blogger’s Note: These laws have been coming up a lot lately. While well intentioned, the problem is that nobody pays any attention to them. Once they pass, they are very difficult to enforce and while everyone thinks they’re a good idea for other people, for some reason they shouldn’t apply to them.
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