LaHood suggests ‘cigarette-box style’ distracted driving warnings on cell phones

United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and President Barack Obama

During a national summit on distracted driving, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood suggested that cell phones should come with a cigarette-style warning label showing users the dangers of distracted driving. He said that offering warnings at the time of purchase would make more sense.

“When you go in to buy your phone, maybe there’s a big warning label on the box: Do not use this device while driving,” LaHood said. “We’re going to work with our friends in the technology industry.”

Most of the cell phone industry reacted saying that they would be willing to meet with LaHood to discuss the idea, but said that it discourages consumers from texting while driving and urges the use of hands-free devices. He said that cell phone companies can give a written, oral warning or a warning “right on the box, the way we put warning labels on cigarettes.”

In 2009, 995 of the 33,800 U.S. motor vehicle deaths were linked to the use of cell phone while driving.

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Source: Detroit News