Should cellphones carry warnings?
Cigarette packages and booze bottles carry labels warning they may be hazardous to your health. Should cellphone boxes too?
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood suggested just that on Tuesday, tossing out the concept at a conference he convened in Washington to address the issue that is his pet passion: distracted driving.
"That's something I just thought of while I was sitting there," LaHood said when the group broke for lunch. "It's just common sense to me. I'm going to talk to the [cellphone] industry about it."
The labels would warn that using a cellphone while driving is a dangerous distraction. He announced last week that research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that distracted driving led to 5,474 highway deaths and 448,000 accidents last year. That amounts to 16 percent of the national total in 2009.
Asked whether similar warning labels should be required in all new cars, LaHood said, "I want to work with the car industry on a few other things before I get to that.
-- Ashley Halsey III
| September 21, 2010; 1:51 PM ET
Categories: Ashley Halsey III, Driving, Transportation Politics
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