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CEA Opposes NTSB Phone-Disabling Recommendation

May 8, 2012
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The Consumer Electronics Association has come out against a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to develop technology that can disable portable electronic devices while a car is in use.

"CEA must disagree with the NTSB's broad recommendation calling for a ban on the nonemergency use of portable electronics devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) by all drivers," Michael Petricone, CEA's senior vice president, government and regulatory affairs, said in a statement.

"There is no real-world evidence to support such a blanket prohibition unless one would also ban other potential distractions, such as eating, drinking, applying make-up and engaging with children while in the vehicle."


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