Feds want carmakers to make sure drivers are not tempted to text, browse or call while on the road
The Feds would like manufacturers to disable in-dash web browsing, texting, tweeting, making phone calls and entering addresses to get directions, all while the car is moving. The regulators want to see such actions available to the driver only when the car is parked. Car salesmen fear that a customer backlash against the proposals will be directed at their business. Alex Shams, used car sales manager at Galpin Motors in North Hills, the world's largest Ford dealer, said, "There will be some upset customers, L.A. people are spoiled." On the other hand, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "Distracted driving is a dangerous and deadly habit on America's roadways." L.A. already has laws that ban drivers from texting or making calls when the car is in motion.
Additionally, the Feds are recommending guidelines that would limit the use of hand-held devices and voice-activated systems. The DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will hold hearings in March to gauge consumer and industry reaction to the voluntary guidelines. These rules have to be voluntary because the Safety Board cannot make or enforce rules. The Feds have been concerned with fatal accidents that are caused bvy the driver being distracted while using his hand-held cellphone. In 2010, 3.092 people, or 9.4% of road deaths, were killed as a result of an accident caused by driver distraction. Stats like that are why the NTSB in December called cellphone use in cars a public-health epidemic on the same level as smoking or drunken driving. The NTSB recommends the ban of all cellphone use by drivers, even those using hands-free systems.
1. Nathan (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
What if the passanger is entering the address? They have to wait for the driver to make a stop?
2. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
I will not buy a car that is controlling me or with blackbox.
5. fanesxx (Posts: 72; Member since: 19 May 2011)
other ppl actions makes the numbers look bad, so all should suffer, kiss my a**
6. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)
I say if people are dumb enough to text, watch movies or whatever else while driving then put it in the same class as a DUI/DWI, if someone loses their life then give them the guilty party the death penalty (it's their choice to do what they did to cause the accident) and lastly confiscate their cell phone and block them from cancelling or changing their cell plan.
People know it's illegal. People know it's dangerous. F**k 'em if they choose to ignore those facts.
8. bioappberry (Posts: 22; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
That's a little bit extreme, don't you think? Death penalty because of someone using their phone in an accident. How many of that 9.4% were distracted due to cellphone use. It clearly does not state what percentage died from that. Just that it was from distracted driving. You also think they should confiscate their cell AND make them continue to pay their bill? That is a little bit too far man. Also, a lot of things that people do are illegal and dangerous, we are human, if someone tells us we can't do it, there's an urge to do it anyway, no matter how dangerous. I bet your a hypocrite anyway. chow.
7. dkpitman (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
Is there a huge difference from using a hands free system and talking to the passenger next to you? How about trying to eat while driving? This is getting ridiculous.
11. lorin01 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)
We need to vote these idiots out of office. They just have nothing better to do then to try to control every aspect of our lives. Lets stop allowing this trend to continue or we deserve it.
12. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
I see they're going to take all the fun out of driving soon too. Automatic transmission, automatic windshield wipers, automatic park assist, automatic feature cutoff while driving, soon we'll have automatic driving mode, just hook your sitbelt, put on your helmet, turn off all electronic devices and let them take you to your destination automatically.
13. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Until I got my 2011 Kia Sorento, I absolutely REFUSED to purchase factory GPS NAV in a vehicle, because most I had seen all require the driver to be in PARK to enter information.
I'm all for not entering information while driving.. but WTF.. if I'm driving with my wife or another passenger, then shouldn't they be able to enter the address??? This is absurd.
Why doesn't the government just require auto manufacturers to remove all radios, NAV systems.. and put all the heating and air conditioning systems on auto? I'd hate to crash my car because I'm trying to adjust the temp in the vehicle!