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NEW REGULATIONS AIM TO ELIMINATE CELL PHONE USE BEHIND THE WHEEL, THREATENS SYSTEMS LIKE SYNC

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NEW REGULATIONS AIM TO ELIMINATE CELL PHONE USE BEHIND THE WHEEL, THREATENS SYSTEMS LIKE SYNC

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By Drew Johnson

California has been behind a number of federal emission regulations, but the Golden State is now taking aim at distracted driving. California has proposed a regulation that would ban drivers from all types of cell phone use.

California’s plan will go before the Governors Highway Safety Association this weekend, with a favorable outcome likely.

"GHSA supports a total ban of cell phone use (hands free and hand held) and text messaging for all drivers," the resolution obtained by The Detroit News says.

"GHSA also supports a ban on electronic devices used for entertainment purposes with video screens that are within view of the driver and a ban for school bus drivers on text messaging or using electronic devices except in emergencies."

While federal and state governments have been cracking down on distracted driving for several years now, the proposed plan would have a profound effect on the auto manufacturers. If adopted, the rules would ban a number of OEM in-vehicle technologies, including Ford’s Sync system.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers – which represent Ford, General Motors, Chrysler and Toyota – opposes California’s proposed regulations. "We support state laws that ban texting or calling while driving if a driver's using a hand-held device. But we realize people are going to have conversations, read maps and directions, and listen to music while they drive. Automakers have worked to make sure this can be done while still maintaining focus on the road," spokesman Wade Newton said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently working on regulations to ban texting while driving, but it remains possible a total ban on cell phone use – including hands free – could be considered in the coming months.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/new-regulations-aim-to-eliminate-cell-phone-use-behind-the-wheel-threatens-systems-like-sync.html

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