Driving behavior is a matter of personal responsibility. When motorists start their engines and drive off down the road, they assume responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them. When drivers fail to take this matter of personal responsibility seriously, car accidents may occur. Thankfully, most drivers are responsible, respectful and they value the safety of everyone on the road. However, reckless, negligent and careless drivers also populate America's highways and surface streets. And no matter how responsible drivers are, everyone can slip from time to time.
As a result of these facts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is shifting its focus away from exclusively promoting personal responsibility when driving to promoting technologies that will help to ensure that even negligent or temporarily careless drivers are given fewer opportunities to cause distracted driving accidents.