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NTSB to hold forum on attentive driving

The one-day forum on attentive will look at the broad range of distractions that compete for driver's attention, characterize the various distracted driver laws, and discuss the differences in how states have adopted restrictions. (The Trucker file photo)

The Trucker News Services

2/23/2012

WASHINGTON   The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a one-day forum titled “Attentive Driving: Countermeasures for Distraction” March 27 here.

"In generations past the norm was an attentive driver with occasional distractions, but today distractions are competing full-time for the driver's attention," NTSB Deborah A.P. Hersman said. "Our forum will identify how distractions affect behavior behind the wheel and focus on measures that promote attentive driving."

The NTSB is actively promoting laws that would prohibit drivers of any vehicles from using any portable electronic device, a recommendation that resulted from the NTSB’s investigation of a fatal traffic accident in Missouri where it was determined that distraction, likely due to a text messaging conversation being conducted by the driver of a pickup truck, was the probable cause of the accident.

The one-day forum on attentive will look at the broad range of distractions that compete for driver's attention, characterize the various distracted driver laws, and discuss the differences in how states have adopted restrictions.

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The forum will also explore national and state education campaigns and consider the effectiveness of active safety technology currently being deployed in vehicles.

The forum offers a timely opportunity for researchers and industry to discuss the Visual-Manual Driver Distraction Guidelines recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Hersman said.

Panelists participating in the forum will represent federal and state government and law enforcement, as well as researchers and industry groups.

A detailed agenda and list of participants will be released closer to the date of the event.

The forum will be held in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, located at 429 L'Enfant Plaza SW in Washington.

The public will be able to view the forum in person or by webcast at www.ntsb.gov.

The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at editor@thetrucker.com.

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