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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
For Immediate Release:
DOT News Media Contact:
November 4, 2009
Sasha Johnson (202) 366-4570
FCC News Media Contact:
Jen Howard (202) 418-0506
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS
COMMISSION JOIN FORCES TO COMBAT DISTRACTED DRIVING
Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal
Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Wednesday that they
are launching a joint effort to evaluate technologies that may help curb the dangerous epidemic
of distracted driving.
The DOT-FCC partnership will also include outreach efforts to educate the public about the
dangers of texting while driving, talking on cell phones while driving, and other distracting
behavior that can lead to deadly accidents.
"We must put an end to distracted driving, which is costing lives and inflicting injuries
across the nation's roads and railways," Secretary LaHood told the House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. "I look forward to working with
Chairman Genachowski and ensuring that FCC's and DOT's technology experts can join forces
on this critical issue."
Chairman Genachowski said, "I welcome this collaborative effort to eliminate the
increasingly deadly practice of distracted driving. Changing this ingrained behavior will require
us to develop creative solutions using both technology and education. By combining the
resources and expertise of the DOT and the FCC, I am confident that we can have a major
impact on this problem."
Officials from the DOT and FCC will establish a working group to evaluate technology-
based solutions to the problem of distracted driving and will coordinate consumer outreach and