Before any ruling goes into effect on the complex and emotional issue of distracted driving, the public still has time to provide comments. This comes in the form of three public hearings that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold in mid-March.
On February 24, 2012, the NHTSA published Proposed Driver Distraction Guidelines (see our earlier coverage here), and on February 27, 2012 announced the three public hearings designed to give members of the public the opportunity to present oral testimony.
Public hearing dates and locations
Public hearings, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 12:00 p.m., will be held on the following dates and locations:
- March 12, 2012: U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Media Center, Room W11-130, 1200 New Jersey Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590
- March 15, 2012: James R. Thompson Center, Room 16-502, 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60601
- March 16, 2012: West Los Angeles Field Office Federal Building, Ron Williams Memorial Conference Room C-206, 11000 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90024
To present oral testimony
If you want to attend one of the public hearings and present oral testimony, contact Kristin J. Kingsley, Engineering Policy Advisor and Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator, at 1-202-366-5729.
You may also submit written comments, which must be received by April 24, 2012. Reference the Docket No. NHTSA-2010-0053.
For more information on the three public hearings and how to request to present oral testimony or submit written comments, click here.
Check out the NHTSA’s proposed Distraction Guidelines for automakers here. Learn more about distracted driving on the DOT’s Distraction.gov website.