Auto Makers Introducing More Gadgets to Distract Young Drivers

By Peter DePaolis

In an effort to express its concern for safe teen driving, the Ford Motor Company sponsored several clinics on safe driving at high schools across the country. As reported at, the clinics reinforce traffic laws and the dangers of distracted driving. In a similar effort, BMW launched a series of ads about the risks of distracted driving.

It is part of efforts by automakers to curb distracted driving on America’s roads. However, the report pointed out that at the same time automakers are telling teens to avoid distracted driving, they are making cars with high-tech features that encourage multi-tasking while driving.

For example, Ford’s new SNYC system allows drivers to make telephone calls, listen to text messages and play music through a series of voice commands. BMW’s ConnectedDrive allows calling, e-mailing, and reading text messages all while driving. Automakers say the new features are an effort to appeal to the younger car buyer who is dependent on staying in touch even while driving.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimated that distracted driving caused 5,474 deaths in 2009. In light of that, do you think the new automobile features described above are a good idea? Contact our team today.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.