Federal regulators backed away from earlier proposals to impose strict limits on in-vehicle personal electronics aimed at preventing driver distraction. Instead, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday issued guidelines for carmakers, saying that its tests showed no greater danger in drivers using hands-free phones. The NHTSA said those tests did reveal that texting doubled the risk of a "near-crash" and that manual operation of a cellphone was also dangerous.
Feds take middle ground on regulating cars for distractions
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