SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Distracted driving is one of the biggest problems on the road right now.
Rob Cross of Feeding Hills says he witnesses it everyday.
"Today people just don't focus on their driving; they're either talking to somebody on their cell phone or looking around....in today's traffic, you really have to focus on where you're going and give that your full attention", says Cross.
But with all the electronic devices we have going in our car, it's hard to keep focused, and now the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration is stepping-in. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood wants car manufacturers to limit the distraction of electronic devices in vehicles--this includes communications, entertainment and navigation tools.
With these new guidelines, the government is trying to ensure that drivers don't take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds.They also say that no task behind the wheel should take more than 12 seconds.
Other guidelines recommended: disabling text messaging and video communications--unless the car is stopped.
While most drivers agree with these new changes, they hope the government won't impose any bans on the devices that help them get by on the road.
"We still want our radio, we still want our hands free phones and we still need our GPS to get places. We don't want them to take it too far, but we do want to be safe while we're driving", says new driver Seamus LaChapelle of Westfield.