Statement on NHTSA's Voluntary Driver Distraction Guidelines

March 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, MARCH 12, 2012 – Global Automakers testified today about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) proposed voluntary driver distraction guidelines stressing the importance of an objective, performance-based, and technology neutral approach. 

“We agree with the agency’s goal of reducing the potential for driver distraction by providing uniform, modern guidelines for evaluating driver assistance and convenience features demanded by today’s consumers,” said Michael Cammisa, Global Automakers’ director of safety.  “We need to make sure we get this right, it’s important to recognize that overly restrictive limits on in-vehicle devices could result in greater distraction as drivers substitute hand-held devices for those functions integrated into the vehicle, diminishing the effectiveness of the guidelines.”

Global Automakers supports state legislation for primary enforcement bans on the use of hand-held devices for texting and phone calls while driving.  

“Our member companies are taking a comprehensive approach to automotive safety addressing both protection and prevention,” said Cammisa.  “When designing in-vehicle features and their controls, automakers take into consideration usability, comprehension, and safety, all in the context of the driving environment.”  
The Association looks forward to ongoing collaboration with policymakers and other stakeholders to identify and evaluate potential ways to prevent or mitigate driver distraction.

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