distracted drivingThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hold a one-day forum titled, Attentive Driving: Countermeasures for Distraction, on March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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

The one-day forum 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 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.

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, S.W. in Washington, D.C. The public will be able to view the forum in person or by webcast.