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New Guidelines to Limit Distracted Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 9, 2013

Seattle Distracted Driving CrashThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is attempting to limit the number of in-vehicle distractions. According to The Detroit News, NHTSA released new guidelines on April 30 that discourage auto manufacturers from installing certain in-car Internet browsing devices. The U.S. Transportation Department is advising against installing devices that display web page content and text messages.

Automakers have requested and received a buffer of three years before the voluntary guidelines take effect. NHTSA does not expect existing vehicle models that have these distracting devices to undergo revisions within the next couple of years. However, the agency suggests that it is acceptable to display maps or location information, but photorealistic images, 3D images, web pages, books, periodicals, and texts are too distracting. Read the rest »

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