In this day and age, one inaccurate story can spread far and fast, so I want to set the record straight on the potential role of technology in preventing distracted driving.
A story in The Daily Caller this morning inaccurately characterized my response to a question I was asked on MSNBC earlier this week, specifically about whether I believed we should employ a specific technology that would block cell phone signals in cars to prevent drivers from talking or texting behind the wheel.
What I actually said was:
“There’s a lot of technology out there now that can disable phones and we’re looking at that. A number of [cell technology innovators] came to our Distracted Driving Summit here in Washington and presented their technology, and that’s one way. But you have to have good laws, you have to have good enforcement, and you have to have people take personal responsibility. That’s the bottom line.”
Again, personal responsibility – that’s the bottom line. When you get behind the wheel of a 5,000 pound automobile, you have a personal responsibility to drive that vehicle safely. That means, put away cell phones and other devices that take your focus off of the road.
For starters, there will never be a technological device that imparts common sense when it comes to safe driving.
That’s why our anti-distracted driving campaign has focused on raising awareness, getting good laws on the books, stepping up enforcement, and most importantly, taking personal responsibility. No one should need a piece of technology in their car to tell them that talking or texting while driving is incredibly dangerous. Just ask Elissa Schee, Amos Johnson, and Laurie Hevier how dangerous it is.
Distracted driving is a public safety crisis we are working to tackle on all fronts. But no one should misunderstand their own role in fighting this epidemic – safe driving starts with you.