Cell Phones and Distracted Driving

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CAS Actions and Litigation

CAS Comment Re: NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines – 5/18/12

CAS Testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee – 11/4/09

CAS Board Member Nicholas Ashford ON NPR’s Talk of the Nation – 1/11/10

CAS v. NHTSA Cell Phone Study Settlement – 3/17/2009

CAS Files FOIA Lawsuit over NHTSA Cell Phone Study – 12/1/2008

NHTSA Response to CAS FOIA Appeal – 9/12/2008

CAS FOIA Appeal – 5/29/2008

NHTSA Response to CAS FOIA – 4/29/2008

CAS Files Freedom of Information Act Request with NHTSA Re: Cell Phone Study – 3/27/2008

CAS Files Freedom of Information Act Request with DOT Re: Cell Phone Study – 3/27/2008

CAS Petition Information

Click here to view the CAS petition to NHTSA  – 1/21/2007

NHTSA Denial of CAS Cell Phone Petition – 6/3/2008

Article: Safety Group Seeks to Curb In-Car Tech Chatter – 1/23/2007

Related NHTSA Documents

Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for Portable and Aftermarket Devices  – Phase 2 – 11/23/16

Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines For In-Vehicle Electronic Devices – Phase 1 – 4/28/13

DOT Press Release: New Research Shows Enforcement Cuts Distracted Driving – 7/11/11

Draft Letter to Governors from the Department of Transportation

NHTSA Cell Phone Policy Draft

NHTSA Distraction Statement Draft

The Relationship Between On-Road Wireless Phone Use and Crashes – 7/7/2003

The Relationship Between On-Road Wireless Phone Use and Crashes (Abridged Version) – 7/2003

Status Summary: Using Wireless Communication Devices While Driving – 7/2003

NHTSA Communications Plan on Wireless Devices – 7/2003

NHTSA Talking Points on Wireless Communication Devices – 7/2003

NHTSA Driver Distraction Expert Working Group Meetings – 11/10/2000

NHTSA Driver Distraction Internet Forum – 11/15/2000

News and Other Information

– New Study Confirms the Brain’s Inability to Safely Drive and Use a Cell Phone – 6/12/13

Think You Know All About Distracted Driving?  Think Again, Says AAA – 6/12/13

National Safety Council Study: Crashes Involving Cell Phones – May 2013

Mixed Message? While Assailing Driving Distractions, Automakers Pack in Tempting Gadgets – 9/22/11

MyFord Touch Handbook

Have You Driven a Smartphone Lately? – 2/26/11

DRIVE Coalition Hits a Wall – 7/7/10

– DOT holding firm on campaign to end distracted driving – 7/7/10

Update: Lobbying document shows pitch for clients to fight against distracted driving – 7/1/10

Lobbyists Target Distracted Driving Campaigns by Oprah, Ray LaHood – 6/30/10

– UN chief calls for global action against mobile phone use while driving – 5/20/10

Worst States For Distracted Drivers – 3/17/10

New Sample Bill will Aid States in Banning Texting While Driving – 2/22/10

Hands-free cellphones just as likely to distract drivers – 1/29/10

Distracted By A Cell Phone? Some Cell Phone Users Fail To See Unicycling Clown Passing Them – 10/20/09

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces New Details on Distracted Driving Summit – 8/18/09

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Blog re: Distracted Driving – 8/4/09

Senate Bill to Encourage Texting Bans – 7/29/09

Editorials – 7/26/09

Automakers Promoting Unsafe Driving Through New Technologies – 7/26/09

– Do Cell Phones Kill 1000 People a Year? – 10/31/2008

Cell Phone Laws may not Make Roads Safer – 3/25/08

National Safety Council Calls for Nationwide Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving – 1/12/2009

Article: Safety Group Seeks to Curb In-Car Tech Chatter – 1/23/09

Lawsuit Verdict For Cell Phone Distraction – 6/12/2007

NHTSA : Driver Electronic Device Use in 2007 -6/2008

New York Times Series on Distracted Driving

Lobbyists Try to Reframe Distracted Driving Issue – 7/6/10

Government Bans Texting By Truck and Bus Drivers – 1/26/10

Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards – 1/6/10

Bills to Curb Distracted Driving Gain Momentum – 1/1/10

Promoting the Car Phone, Despite Risks – 12/6/09

High-Tech Devices Help Drivers Put Down Phone – 11/22/09

When Texting Kills, Britain Offers Path to Prison – 11/1/09

Many in U.S. Want Texting at the Wheel to Be Illegal – 11/1/09

Texting While Driving Banned for Federal Workers – 10/1/09

Truckers Insist on Keeping Computers in the Cab – 9/27/09

Driver Texting Now an Issue in the Back Seat -9/8/09

Doubts About Scare Tactics on Drivers Who Text – 8/31/09

Utah Gets Tough With Texting Drivers – 8/28/09

Federal Agency Plans Distracted Driving Forum – 8/4/09

Cabbies Stay on Their Phones Despite Ban – 8/3/09

In Study, Texting Lifts Crash Risk by Large Margin – 7/27/09

The Truth About Cars and Cell Phones – 7/22/09

U.S. Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving – 7/20/09

Gauging Your Distraction – 7/19/09

Drivers and Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks – 7/18/09