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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering guidelines for auto manufacturers that would limit the time that drivers can spend using touchscreen devices built into their cars, according to CBS Denver. With more and more vehicles being manufactured with touch screen devices, such as sound systems and GPS units built into the dash, and distracted driving a pervasive problem across the country, the NHTSA hopes that by providing guidelines to auto manufacturers, they can cut down on the amount of distraction that the car itself provides to drivers. At this time, the plan is that these guidelines would be phased in over a three-year period, and they would be voluntary for the auto makers. NHTSA administrator David Strickland believes that voluntary guidelines have been successful in the past, although Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety disagrees.
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Strickland and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood have said that over 3,000 people were killed and nearly 400,000 more were injured in accidents involving distracted driving in 2011. LaHood characterized distracted driving as unsafe and irresponsible. Touch screen devices in cars can be dangerous because they are very difficult to operate without looking at them, taking your eyes off the road. Even sound systems are often touchscreen in modern cars, which means that even changing the radio station, or turning the volume up or down may require looking away from the road. This distraction causes thousands of car crashes in which someone is seriously injured or killed every year.
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