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CTIA Statement on the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Recommendations

In response to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations released today, I issued this statement:

“CTIA and the wireless industry agree that when drivers are behind the wheel, safety should be their number one priority. Manual texting while driving is clearly incompatible with safety, which is why we have historically supported a ban on texting while driving. As far as talking on wireless devices while driving, we defer to state and local lawmakers and their constituents as to what they believe are the most appropriate laws where they live.

“The wireless industry remains focused on educating consumers about their responsibilities when they’re driving, especially inexperienced drivers. We’re proud of our partnership with the National Safety Council that focuses on teens and novice drivers that tells them ‘On the Road, Off the Phone.’ As part of the partnership, we developed a TV and two radio public service announcements (PSAs) that have been viewed and heard by millions.

“In regards to NTSB’s recommendation number 12, we have always encouraged the industry to continue to develop new technology-based tools and offerings that are affordable and consumer-friendly that would create safer driving. The industry constantly produces new products and services, including those that can disable the driver’s mobile device.

“We remain dedicated to educating all consumers to ensure when they are behind the wheel, safety is their top priority.”

The TV and two radio PSAs may be found here.

8 Responses to “CTIA Statement on the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Recommendations” Leave a reply ›

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    My blog post on the topic:
    http://www.marcus-spectrum.com/...NTSBoncellphones2.html

    Earlier post on the NTSB September 2011 recommendation for commercial drivers and cellphones:
    http://www.marcus-spectrum.com/.../NTSBoncellphones.html

    At present, there are 2 options on the table.

    1) Do nothing
    2) Do as NTSB recommended and have 50 state laws plus DC (what about Puerto Rico and Guam?) that have (inevitably) somewhat different restrictions on mobile device use and which are nearly impossible to update has new technology becomes available. Indeed, inflexible differing state laws will discourage the development of better technology for cars as the investment risks may be unacceptable.

    Hopefully industry can come up with and support a better option than these 2.

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