U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes 'Distraction' Guidelines for Automakers
WASHINGTON U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the first-ever federally proposed guidelines to encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic devices. The proposed voluntary guidelines would apply to communications, entertainment, information gathering and navigation devices or functions that are not required to safely operate the vehicle.
Issued by the Department֒s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the guidelines would establish specific recommended criteria for electronic devices installed in vehicles at the time they are manufactured that require visual or manual operation by drivers. The announcement of the guidelines comes just days after President Obamas FY 2013 budget request, which includes $330 million over six years for distracted driving programs that increase awareness of the issue and encourage stakeholders to take action.
ғDistracted driving is a dangerous and deadly habit on Americas roadways Җ thats why IҒve made it a priority to encourage people to stay focused behind the wheel, said Secretary LaHood. ԓThese guidelines are a major step forward in identifying real solutions to tackle the issue of distracted driving for drivers of all ages.
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