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. 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. The FCC is also seeking to identify and facilitate the development of innovative technologies that could reduce the incidence of distracted driving.
Consumer Education and Outreach
The White House issued an executive order on October 1, 2009 stating that the Federal Government should demonstrate leadership in reducing the dangers of texting and driving and that all Federal Employees shall not engage in text messaging when driving a government vehicle or when driving while on official government business. Additionally it asks that all agencies of the Executive Branch reevaluate and consider new rules and programs to prohibit text messaging while driving and raise awareness for Federal Employees about the safety risks associated with texting while driving.
Distraction.gov is the official U.S. Government site for distracted driving. In 2009, Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood launched a national anti-distracted driving campaign to combat the growing trend of dangerous distracted driving behavior in America. To help further raise awareness, the U.S. DOT also launched Distraction.gov, a dedicated website that provides the public with a comprehensive source of information on distracted driving.
The FCC's online clearinghouse provides links to information about firms and organizations providing technology approaches intended to reduce the dangers of distracted driving, working to dissuade people from texting while driving, and reducing risks posed by distracted driving.
The National Safety Council's Distracted Driving clearinghouse includes a recent webinar on reducing distracted driving crashes, educational materials, videos, and recent research, including NSC's State of the Nation report.
Governors Highway Safety Association provides state by state laws rules and regulations on texting and driving and gives links to State Highway Safety websites. GHSA has also created a catalog of State Highway Safety Offices public service announcements on distracted driving.
Consumer Information and Related Documents
- Distraction.gov: Facts and Statistics
- FCC Consumer Advisory: Texting While Driving
- FCC Blog by Transportation Secretary LaHood: Faces of Distracted Driving: The Stories Behind the Statistics
- FCC Chairman Genachowski Testimony: Hearing on Combatting Distracted Driving: Managing Behavioral and Technological Risks
- Huffington Post Op-Ed by Chairman Genachowski: Distracted Driving
- NHTSA Report: Driver Electronic Device Use in 2008 (PDF)
- NHTSA Report: Examination of Driver Distraction
- NHTSA: Research and Reports on Driver Distraction
- AAA Foundation