Federal Officials Hope New Guidelines Will Put an End to Facebooking While Driving


Casually checking one's Facebook account while driving 65 miles per hour may become a relic of the past, if government officials have their way.

The U.S. Transportation Department asked automakers this week to design devices that would prevent drivers from accessing Facebook and Twitter, among other 21st century staples, while a car is moving. The guidelines, issued Thursday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, also urge automakers to prohibit manual texting, internet browsing and phone dialing.

Some carmakers such as Lexus already prevent drivers from accessing GPS systems while a car is moving, and the non-binding recommendations could make such devices more common, officials said. LaHood said that carmakers that chose to implement the recommendations would help reduce traffic fatalities and other incidents.

"Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and can have devastating consequences," he noted. "Every single time a driver takes his or her focus off the road, the driver puts his or her life and the lives of others at risk ."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 9 percent of all road fatalities in 2010 were caused by distracted drivers.

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