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NHTSA Delays Distracted Driver Regulations

A recent government study showed that a minimum of 5,500 people were killed and 500,000 were injured because of distracted driving in 2009. Despite these numbers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that regulations concerning distracted driving are years away because of a need to study the issue further.

NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said ”It’s really way too premature about a possible rule… I don’t think we can really set up a rule until we have much better data.” Thirty states have bans in place that make it illegal for drivers to use hand-held phones or to text while driving. The NHTSA is investigating the use of hands-free devices such as Ford’s SYNC and GM’s OnStar to see if they can cause ”cognitive distraction.”

Distracted driving is dangerous to everyone. It is difficult to believe that the NHTSA does not see the clear and present danger. Many states have stepped in, but federal regulation may be necessary to save the most lives possible.