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Feds Wants Crackdown on Driver Texting

White House to demand automakers limit ability to text, use cellphones while driving.

by on Feb.16, 2012

A new set of "voluntary" federal guidelines would limit texting and the use of other distracting technologies while driving.

With the nation’s top automotive safety regulator calling distracted driving an “epidemic,” the Obama Administration is demanding that automakers put a limit on technologies that permit motorists to text or make cellphone calls while driving.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today outlined a series of voluntary steps for automotive manufacturers that would focus on the safe use of in-car infotainment systems.  The proposal would impact navigation and entertainment systems but would put a particular focus on the use of cellphones for texting and voice calling.

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“Distracted driving is a dangerous and deadly habit on America’s roadways,” said LaHood, explaining, “That’s why I’ve made it a priority to encourage people to stay focused behind the wheel.”