CTIA-The Wireless Association® and the wireless industry believe that when using wireless devices behind the wheel, it’s important to remember safety comes first and should be every driver’s top priority. While mobile devices are important safety tools, there’s an appropriate and inappropriate time to use them.
CTIA-The Wireless Association® and the wireless industry believe that when it comes to using your wireless device behind the wheel, it’s important to remember safety always comes first and should be every driver’s top priority. While mobile devices are important safety tools, there’s an appropriate time and an inappropriate time to use them.
The wireless industry defers to consumers and the driving legislation they support – whether that’s hands-free regulations or bans on talking on their mobile devices while driving.
At the same time, we believe text-messaging while driving is incompatible with safe driving, and we support state and local statutes that ban this activity while driving.
We also agree with proposals that restrict or limit cellular use by inexperienced or novice drivers. Just as many states have graduated drivers' laws, such as restricting the number of passengers or nighttime hours of driving, the industry believes restricting a young driver's use of wireless while becoming better-skilled at the primary driving tasks makes sense.
In September 2009, CTIA, in partnership with the National Safety Council, launched a teen-focused education campaign to provide parents and teens with information on the dangers of distracted driving. As part of the campaign, a television public service announcement (PSA) and website were developed to remind teens and novice drivers that when they’re “On the Road, Off the Phone.” As part of the continued partnership, NSC and CTIA released a sixty-second national radio PSA in June 2010, which was distributed to 5,000 radio stations across the country.
Last Updated: November 2010