USA: Lobby to outlaw hand-held device use while driving

10 Apr

Driver Electronic Device Use in 2011The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a fact sheet that summarizes the percentage of drivers manipulating hand-held devices and using hand-held cell phones when driving. The continuing use of these devices remains a major concern given the extent to which distraction is a factor in road accidents, including those at level crossings.

My view is that it should be illegal to use any hand-held device while driving other than when a cell phone is used in “hands-free” mode. Legislation in some states addresses the issue but in others action is needed by the state legislature. Citizens, please lebby your parliamentarians on this issue.

The fact sheet can be accessed at:

3 Responses to “USA: Lobby to outlaw hand-held device use while driving”

  1. April 10, 2013 at 14:07 #

    Aidan: Please be aware that in the USA it is ILLEGAL for a Federal Agency such as NHTSA to lobby Congress. It would probably be better if you could remove any implication that NHTSA is “lobbying” Congress in favor of anything.

    Brian F. Gilleran, P. E. Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention, RRS-23 Office of Safety Analysis Federal Railroad Administration Room W33-313, Mail Stop 25 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S. E. Washington, DC 20590 Tel: (202) 493-6276 Cell: (202) 591-6166 Fax: (202) 493-6216


    • aidannelson April 10, 2013 at 16:40 #

      Brian, Text amended to make clear that it is citizens who should lobby

  2. Andrew Fraser April 10, 2013 at 15:09 #

    The suggestion that “hands-free” cell phone use is safe should also be removed, as “hands-free” use has long been shown to be just as dangerous as “hands-on” use. This is probably because the main danger is the distraction caused by the conversation.

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