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