DOT Floats Automaker Guidelines To Cut Distracted Driving

Law360, New York (February 17, 2012, 2:10 PM EST) -- In an attempt to reduce accidents caused by drivers distracted by electronic gadgets in their cars, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration on Thursday proposed new manufacturing guidelines to American automakers.

The proposed guidelines, published Thursday in the Federal Register, would ask automakers to make electronic devices, such as GPS or entertainment systems, that are built into vehicles less likely to distract drivers with visual or manual functions.

“Distracted driving is a dangerous and deadly habit on America’s roadways — that’s why I’ve made it a...
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