Labelmaster, a U.S.-based manufacturer of safety and regulatory compliance products, said it has a series of labels designed to be prominently displayed on the visor, dashboard or windshield of motor vehicles to remind all drivers of the dangers of texting while driving. Driver distraction is one of the major causes of vehicle crashes, the company notes; research compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed an estimated 6,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries to distracted driving in 2008 alone.
This behavior is not only dangerous, but in many states it is illegal. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 26 states have passed a texting ban law. On Oct. 1, 2009, President Obama issued an executive order prohibiting federal employees from texting while operating government-owned vehicles and equipment. In addition to the Obama Administration’s ban on texting for federal employees, the USDOT has banned texting for all commercial and truck drivers, with similar rules in the works for rail operators, according to the label maker.
Labelmaster’s “No Texting” labels are printed in bright red and black ink on a white background. They are available in durable PVC-free vinyl in 4x6-in. and 2x1-in. sizes, 3-in. diameter heavyweight coated paper and 2.5x2.5-in. cling vinyl that is perfect for application to the inside of the vehicle’s windshield.