Cell Phone News – U.S. Dept. of Transportation Wants to Disable Phones in Cars

Raymond LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation, says that the U.S. Department of Transportation wants to make it impossible to use cellular phones while in moving vehicles through the use of blocking technology. “I think the technology is there,” said LaHood. “And I think you’re going to see the technology become adaptable in automobiles to disable these cell phones.” The move is being considered due to the rising number of traffic deaths (~5,500) and injuries (500,000) that result each year from distracted driving. Right now, there are no federal laws to prevent drivers from using cell phones, though a number of states and municipalities have enacted such legislation. LaHood, however, doesn’t think the laws are a big enough deterrent. LaHood indicated that jamming equipment wouldn’t be used, but instead the Department of Transportation is considering software solutions from companies such as Zoomsafter, tXtBlocker and iZup, which disable certain phone features when it is determined that they are in a moving vehicle. LaHood didn’t provide any sort of time frame.

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