Government Seeking to Limit In-Vehicle Distractions

by Carmen Dellutri on May 22, 2013

Cape Coral injury lawyerThe U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking to encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk created by electronic devices built into their vehicles. The voluntary guidelines establish specific recommended criteria designed to limit visual-manual distraction, which is considered the greatest safety risk to drivers.

"Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic that has devastating consequences on our nation's roadways," said Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "These guidelines recognize that today's drivers appreciate technology, while providing automakers with a way to balance the innovation consumers want with the safety we all need. Combined with good laws, good enforcement and good education, these guidelines can save lives."

The new carmaker electronic device guidelines include recommendations to limit the time a driver must take his eyes off the road to perform any task to two seconds at a time and twelve seconds total. The guidelines also recommend disabling several operations unless the vehicle is stopped and in park, such as:

  • Manual text entry for the purposes of text messaging and internet browsing;
  • Video-based entertainment and communications like video phoning or video conferencing;
  • Display of certain types of text, including text messages, web pages, social media content.

The recommendations reflect a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It found text messaging, browsing, and dialing required drivers to take their eyes off the road for the longest time. Text messaging increased the risk of a crash or near-crash by two times and resulted in the driver's eyes off the road for an average of 23.3 seconds total. Meanwhile, the visual-manual activities required to make a phone call, including reaching for a phone, looking up a contact and dialing the number, increased the risk by three times.

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