WASHINGTON (CN) – The Center for Auto Safety demands that the National Highway Transportation Administration release documents on the NHTSA’s estimate that drivers using cell phones accounted for 955 deaths in 2002. The federal FOIA complaint cites the NHTSA’s 2003 “review of worldwide research on driver distraction. In this review, NHTSA researchers estimated – for the first time – the number of fatalities linked to cell phone use by automobile drivers.”
The Center says it was the first report of its kind, but the NHTSA refuses to release documents on the specious claim that they “contain internal, pre-decisional deliberative information … [which] would reveal advice, opinions of recommendations of agency officials and would have a chilling effect on the decision-making process.”
Buswah, the Center says. It’s public information and the NHTSA should produce it.
The Center is represented by Adina Rosenbaum with Public Citizen.