Safe Driving

Key Points

  • At the core, wireless devices are public safety tools since they allow our family and friends to contact first responders or others who can aid them when needed. Yet there are appropriate and inappropriate times to use them, and when driving, safety should always be the top priority.  To combat distracted driving, such as drowsiness, reaching for moving objects, pushing audio buttons, eating, personal grooming, other passengers and mobile devices, CTIA is a strong advocate for addressing the potential problem through a three-sided approach: education, technology and legislation.
    1. CTIA and its member companies have conducted education campaigns since 2000 to remind drivers, especially teens and inexperienced drivers, about the dangers of distracted driving.
      • It Can Wait” – Anti-texting while driving campaign led by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless (along with many other wireless companies) 
      • On the Road, Off the Phone” - CTIA and National Safety Council teen and inexperienced anti-distracted driving campaign
    2. State and local governments, with consumer input, may determine what, if any, driving legislation is needed. CTIA supports bans on manual texting while driving as well as restrictions or limitations on cellular use by inexperienced or teen drivers. In 2010, CTIA worked with U.S. Department of Transportation, AAA and a number of other organizations to develop model state legislation PDF icon that would ban manual texting while driving.  
    3. Driver distractions may come in many forms from passengers to pushing car buttons to music. That’s why continued research and technological advancements are needed to provide innovative solutions to limit distracted driving. A consumer may choose from one of many applications available to restrict in-car use of a wireless device. Wireless companies are developing other options, such as “hands-free car kits” to utilize Bluetooth technology with voice-command so that consumers only need to speak commands, not find and push buttons to perform tasks such as changing music or the temperature in the car. By using these intuitive voice commands in vehicles, drivers can keep their eyes on the roads and hands on their cars’ wheels.

CTIA Position

Every day, almost 300 wireless 911 calls are made every minute in the U.S., highlighting the valuable role mobile devices serve as public safety tools. At the same time, just like anything else, there are appropriate and inappropriate times to use them, and CTIA believes that when you are behind the wheel, safety must be your top priority. That means that all distractions, whether it’s drowsiness, reaching for moving objects, pushing audio buttons, eating, personal grooming, other passengers or your mobile devices, must be removed.

To combat distracted driving so that the roads are safer for all of us, CTIA believes the solution lies in three initiatives: education, legislation and research and technological advancements.

While the wireless industry takes its commitment to keeping our roads safer, consumers play a vital role too.

If you’re the driver, we remind you:

  • Your top priority is to be safe! Don’t manually text and drive!
  • Know and obey your state and local laws on wireless device usage.  
  • Get to know your wireless device and its features such as voice activation, hands-free options and speed dial.
  • Let the person you are speaking with know you are driving; if necessary suspend the call in heavy traffic or hazardous weather conditions.
  • Do not take notes or look up phone numbers while driving.
  • Do not engage in stressful or emotional conversations that might divert your attention from the road.
We offer additional driving tips so you may share with your family and friends.
Last Updated: November 2013

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