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Distracted driving is dangerous
The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and even dangerous consequences. We now know that mobile communications is linked to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in injury and loss of life. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2008 that driver distraction was the cause of 16 percent of all fatal crashes — 5,800 people killed — and 21 percent of crashes resulting in an injury — 515,000 people wounded. According to AAA, nearly 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving. Distracted driving endangers life and property and the current levels of injury and loss are unacceptable.
To stem this problem, the FCC is working with industry, safety organizations and other government agencies to inform and educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving and is seeking to identify and facilitate the development of innovative technologies that could reduce the incidence of distracted driving.
Distracted Driving Information Clearinghouse
In addition, to collect and share information about consumer outreach activities and technology that could potentially reduce the problem of distracted driving, the FCC has created the FCC Distracted Driving Information Clearinghouse, located at www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/distracted-driving-information-clearinghouse.
The descriptions and links provided in the Distracted Driving Information Clearinghouse are provided for informational purposes only. The FCC does not endorse any non-FCC product or service, and is not responsible for the content of non-FCC websites, including their accuracy, completeness, or timeliness.
Currently there is no national ban on texting or using a wireless phone while driving, but a number of states have passed laws banning texting or wireless phones or requiring hands-free use of wireless phones while driving. For more information on state laws, visit www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html.
What you can do
Give clear instructions
Give teen drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving. According to CTIA, the easiest way to say it is: “On the road, off the phone.” Before new drivers get their licenses, discuss the fact that taking their eyes off the road — even for a few seconds — could cost someone injury or even death.
Lead by example
Children learn from their parent’s behavior. No one should text and drive. Be an example for your children and if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place.
Become informed and be active
Review the information in Distracted Driving Information Clearinghouse. Set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving. Tell family, friends and organizations to which you belong about the importance of driving without distractions. Take information to your children’s’ schools and ask that it be shared with students and parents.
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