Department of Transportation Sets Guidelines to Prevent Distracted Driving: New York Personal Injury Lawyer Reacts

The governmental agency has released new guidelines to help reduce visual and manual distractions for drivers. According to a DOT news release issued April 23, recent studies show that these types of distractions present the greatest safety risk to drivers.

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Based on the DOT statement, these actions include manually entering text for texting or Internet browsing, video-based entertainment, display of text including text messages, Web pages and social media sites.

New York, N.Y. (PRWEB) May 12, 2013

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released new guidelines for automakers to limit the distraction risk of electronic communications, entertainment and navigation devices that are built into the vehicles. According to the April 23 news release by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the voluntary guidelines set specific criteria for electronic devices that are installed in vehicles at the time they are manufactured. The guidelines specifically apply to those devices that require drivers to take their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road, the release stated.

In addition, the guidelines recommend disabling several operations for the devices unless the vehicle is stopped and in park. Based on the DOT statement, these actions include manually entering text for texting or Internet browsing, video-based entertainment, display of text including text messages, Web pages and social media sites.

According to the DOT release, the guidelines are consistent with the findings of a new NHTSA driving study, which showed that visual-manual tasks associated with hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a car accident by three times.

These guidelines are absolutely essential and could not be more timely as they target tasks that tend to cause dangerous driving distractions, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "The distractions that lead to crashes are those that take the driver's hands off the wheel, eyes off the roadway and attention away from the task of driving. Texting, browsing the Internet or even dialing a number can distract the driver for several seconds and are all tasks that should be done while the vehicle is stopped."

Wilhelm says drivers would be well advised to stay away from all electronic communications while driving. "Drivers can be held liable for any accident they cause. Distracted driving is negligent driving. Above all, no text or email message is worth a human life."

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