Today, major automakers expressed support for banning drivers from texting and using hand-held mobile phones while driving. The Alliance of Auto Manufacturers, which encompasses Ford Motor Company, BMW Group, and Chrysler, said in a statement that writing or reading text messages affects a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle.
"Clearly, using a hand-held device to call or text while driving is a safety risk," said Alliance President and CEO Dave McCurdy." The alliance supports a ban on hand-held text messaging and calling while driving to accelerate the transition to more advanced, safer ways to manage many common potential distractions."
According to a Nationwide Insurance study, approximately one in five drivers texts while driving. That number skyrockets among young people between the ages of 18 and 24. So far, 14 states including Louisiana, Minnesota, and New Jersey, have passed laws banning texting while driving. Fewer states have made cell phone use illegal while driving, a practice automakers do not oppose in all circumstances. A Senate bill, sponsored by Charles Schumer, D-NY, would withhold 25 percent of highway funding from those states that fail to adopt the texting while driving ban. Next week, the Distracted Driver's Summit will address the dangers of text-messaging and other distractions behind the wheel. Safety advocates, members of Congress, senior transportation officials, law enforcement representatives, and academics will convene in Washington to discuss ways to combat distracted driving. The meeting will also explore legislative and regulatory approaches.
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