Global Automakers

Support of Ban on Texting and the Use of Hand-Held Phones While Driving

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September 20, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. – On the eve of the Department of Transportation’s second National Distracted Driving Summit, the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM) reaffirmed its support for restrictions on the use of hand-held electronic devices for phone calls and text messaging by drivers while operating motor vehicles.

“Our member companies are taking a comprehensive approach to automotive safety addressing both protection and prevention,” said Michael J. Stanton, president and CEO of AIAM. “AIAM believes an important part of vehicle crash prevention is banning drivers from using hand-held devices for texting and using hand-held phones while driving.”

AIAM member companies are investing in research to develop the next generation of safety technologies, such as lane-departure warning systems and collision mitigation systems. AIAM sees the National Distracted Driving Summit as a public-private partnership to examine new research and opportunities to decrease accidents caused by distracted driving.

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