DOT, FCC target distracted driving

| November 04, 2009

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday, Nov. 4, they are launching a joint effort to evaluate technologies that may help curb distracted driving.

The DOT-FCC partnership will also include outreach efforts to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving, talking on cell phones while driving and other distracting behavior that can lead to accidents.

“We must put an end to distracted driving, which is costing lives and inflicting injuries across the nation’s roads and railways,” DOT Secretary Ray LaHood told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “I welcome this collaborative effort to eliminate the increasingly deadly practice of distracted driving. Changing this ingrained behavior will require us to develop creative solutions using both technology and education.”   

Officials from the DOT and FCC will establish a working group to evaluate technology-based solutions to the problem of distracted driving and will coordinate consumer outreach and education.

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