Distracted driving is a serious problem. Whether you are texting on your phone or inputting an address in your GPS, when you take your eyes off the road, you put yourself and everyone else at risk. New guidelines unveiled by the federal government this week could reduce the number of distracted drivers on the country’s roads.
According to the Detroit News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the Department of Transportation, released new guidelines that would limit the use of touchscreens in new vehicles.
Rather than looking to the states to pass legislation limiting touch screen usage, the NHTSA is turning to automakers to change the devices they install in vehicles. Primarily, they would like to limit the number of touchscreen actions a driver can take while the vehicle is in drive. They also want to eliminate internet browsing while the vehicle is in motion.
For now, these are just suggestions and not mandatory, and the NHTSA doesn’t expect automakers to begin making these changes for another three years.
“For existing vehicle models that do not undergo major revisions, NHTSA is not suggesting that the recommendations of these guidelines would be met,” said the NHTSA in a statement. This simply means the agency doesn’t expect all vehicles on the roadways to have these changes in place, merely those that are newly manufactured.
In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in distracted driving accidents, according to the NHTSA. That is an increase from the year before. The number of people injured in these accidents, however, dropped, as did the number of those injured in accidents involving cell phones.
Those most vulnerable to distracted driving are young drivers who answer and place phone calls, read and send text messages, and are distracted by their peers when they have them as passengers.
The NHTSA is also expected to make similar recommendations to cell phone manufacturers, though it isn’t clear how those will be received.
Laws intended to ban all cell phone use by drivers have fallen significantly short across the nation.
Distraction of any kind can lead to a serious accident. And even if you are careful not to let your cell phone be a distraction, you cannot control the actions of other drivers on the road.
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