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U.S. DOT, FCC join to combat distracted driving

Posted on November 5, 2009

On Wednesday, U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that they are launching a joint effort to evaluate technologies that may help curb the dangerous epidemic of distracted driving.

The U.S. DOT-FCC partnership will also include outreach efforts to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving, talking on cell phones while driving and other distracting behavior that can lead to deadly accidents.

"We must put an end to distracted driving, which is costing lives and inflicting injuries across the nation's roads and railways," Secretary LaHood told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. "I look forward to working with Chairman Genachowski and ensuring that FCC's and DOT's technology experts can join forces on this critical issue."

Said Chairman Genachowski: "I welcome this collaborative effort to eliminate the increasingly deadly practice of distracted driving. Changing this ingrained behavior will require us to develop creative solutions using both technology and education. By combining the resources and expertise of the DOT and the FCC, I am confident that we can have a major impact on this problem."

Officials from the U.S. DOT and FCC will establish a working group to evaluate technology-based solutions to the problem of distracted driving and will coordinate consumer outreach and education.

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