With more wireless devices than Americans, U.S.
consumers clearly love the freedom to stay connected
with family and friends and to conduct business anytime,
anywhere. While we can do everything from accessing
the Internet to sending videos and photos, at the core,
mobile devices are invaluable safety tools.
Every day, more than 400,000 wireless 911 calls are
made, which means more than 278 calls every minute.
While mobile devices help us make vital connections,
such as those to emergency personnel, there is also an
inappropriate time to use them.
CTIA and the wireless industry remind you that when it
comes to using your wireless device behind the wheel,
safety must be every driver's top priority. CTIA and its
members offer these driving tips:
Be aware; never text and drive. It's dangerous and
puts everyone at risk. CTIA supports state and local
governments' manual texting while driving bans.
Eating, personal grooming, pushing buttons, drowsiness
and other passengers (or animals) are only a few of the
distractions that might impact the driver. Reduce driver
Safe driving means limiting your wireless calls when
behind the wheel to only those that are absolutely
essential. Let incoming calls go to voicemail. Drivers
should never take notes, look up phone numbers or have
emotional or stressful conversations on the phone. You
should also suspend your calls in hazardous weather
conditions or heavy traffic.
Awareness of your wireless device and its features, such
as hands-free, speed dial and redial, are important.
Flexible, affordable and consumer-friendly technology
can help reduce a driver's distractions. CTIA encourages
the industry to continue to develop new technology-based
tools and offerings to create safer driving.
Education is key to making drivers more aware of their
responsibilities when behind the wheel. Since 1997, CTIA
and its members have supported or developed these
initiatives. CTIA's most recent campaign was a partnership
with the National Safety Council to tell young drivers and
their parents, "On the Road, Off the Phone."
History of CTIA's Distracted Driving Initiatives:
2000 Developed TV PSAs to educate drivers about the dangers
of distracted driving.
2005 Developed TV PSA with CTIA's President and CEO Steve
Largent reminding drivers about distracted driving.
2007 Developed 10 radio PSAs with 10 different driving scenarios
to educate and remind people about responsible driving behavior.
- Teen-focused to tell them to not text and drive
- Bad weather as a time to not use your mobile device
- Offered to co-brand the PSAs to the Governors National Highway Association affiliates; 10 states participated
2009 Partnered with the National Safety Council to develop
a TV PSA and website to tell young drivers and their parents,
"On the Road, Off the Phone."
2010 Released a radio PSA with the National Safety Council
as part of its "On the Road, Off the Phone" partnership.
2010 Worked with the Department of Transportation, Alliance
of Automobile Manufacturers, AAA, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, Governors Highway Safety Association,
International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Conference
of State Legislatures, National Safety Council and many other
organizations to develop model legislation for states to prohibit
manual texting while driving.
2010 Created the Safe Driving Pavilion at International CTIA
WIRELESS 2010. Companies that exhibited offered everything from
applications that turn off phones and reward teens for not using
their phones to solutions for hands-free voice interaction from
automotive companies such as Ford and Cadillac.
2011 Safe Driving Pavilion was again offered at International
CTIA WIRELESS 2011 with a dozen companies, including Voice
on the Go, Voice Assist, Taser, Phoneguard and Aegis.
2012 International CTIA WIRELESS 2012 provided companies an
opportunity to exhibit at the Safe Driving Pavilion. To highlight the
industry's innovation in products and services, CTIA's Emerging
Technology (E-Tech) Awards added two new categories:
- Enterprise & Vertical Market Solution: Transportation & Fleet:
Products, services and solutions that facilitate fleet safety
management, accident management, vehicle tracking, etc.
- Mobile Applications: Automotive, Safe Driving & Transportation:
Encourages safe driving habits, enhances and enables the
in-vehicle experience, traffic alerts, parking etc.
Last Updated: June 2012