Anthony Foxx outgoing secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation, noted that smartphones are ubiquitous and far too many people are putting lives in jeopardy by using them when their undivided attention should be on what’s important.
“These common sense guidelines, grounded in the best research available, will help designers of mobile devices build products that cut down on distraction on the road,” Foxx explained.
Approximately 424,000 traffic injuries linked to distractions
An estimated 3,477 motorists were killed in distraction-related crashes in 2015, according to government data. That’s a near 9 percent increase from the 3,197 that occurred the year prior. Additionally, of the 5.6 million non-fatal highway collisions over the calendar year, 424,000 were injured in incidents where multitasking was involved.
Mark Rosekind, NHTSA administrator, reminded motorists that this safety issue isn’t going away without the public’s cooperation.
“NHTSA has long encouraged drivers to put down their phones and other devices, and just drive,” Rosekind said. “With driver distraction one of the factors behind the rise of traffic fatalities, we are committed to working with the industry to ensure that mobile devices are designed to keep drivers’ eyes where they belong – on the road.”
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