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With the proliferation of handheld connected devices, distracted driving has emerged as a major traffic safety issue. Distracted driving occurs when a driver operates a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity that divides his or her attention. The practice is most commonly associated with smartphone-related tasks, such as talking or texting while driving, but it also encompasses all other forms of distraction, including eating, conversing, listening to loud music, or using an in-vehicle navigation system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other agencies identify three specific subtypes of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distractions occur when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road.(Opposing Viewpoints)
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Should the federal government regulate distracted driving laws rather than allowing the states to be the decision makers?
Is texting while driving a more serious offense compared to someone driving while eating, using a navigation system, etc.?
Are automobile manufacturers contributing to distracted driving by adding entertainment features to its vehicles?
What mobile technologies or features have been introduced to limit the use of cell phones while driving?
Does hands-free technology truly keep drivers safe?