NHTSA Proposes Ban on Texting, Surfing, and In-Car Dialing
The published guidelines apply only to systems like Ford's MyTouch, but restrictions on smart phones, tablets and voice-activated controls could be forthcoming.
The restrictions may be needed. As a study cited in the magazine article revealed, 16 percent of all fatal crashes in 2009, and 20 percent of all crashes involving injuries, were caused by distracted driving.
As a Virginia car accident lawyer, I've seen the damage that can be done by distracted driving. Though I can appreciate a new gadget or technology as much as the next person, I admit that the new proposal sounds like a great way to limit distracted driving. We've always had distractions in the car -- whether it was loud music, a crying baby or fast food from the drive-thru -- and we can probably never eliminate distracted driving altogether. But with these guidelines, we'll comer than ever.