[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 231 (Friday, November 30, 2012)]
[Pages 71477-71478]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-28984]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements; Agency 
Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information 
Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below is being forwarded to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR 
describes the nature of the information collection and the expected 
burden. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period was 
published on June 13, 2012 (77 FR 35473-35475).

DATES: Submit comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on 
or before December 31, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Send comments regarding the burden estimate, including 
suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for Department of 
Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or by 
email at oira_submission@omb.eop.gov, or fax: 202-395-5806.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Maria Vegega at the National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Impaired Driving and 
Occupant Protection, W44-302, Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Dr. Vegega's phone number is 
202-366-2668 and her email address is maria.vegega@dot.gov.

    Title: NHTSA Distracted Driving Survey Project.
    Type of Request: Revision of previously approved collection of 
    OMB Control Number: 2127-0665.
    NHTSA Form Number: NHTSA Form 1084.
    Abstract: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 
(NHTSA) proposes to conduct awareness surveys to evaluate a traffic 
safety program designed to reduce distracted driving. The program will 
focus on hand-held phone use and be conducted in two States--either 
statewide or a multi-jurisdictional area in a state. The awareness 
surveys would be conducted in-person before and after three program 
waves. Over the program period, 24,000 drivers would be surveyed, 
12,000 in each State. Estimated interview length would be approximately 
5 minutes for the survey. Information on attitudes, awareness, 
knowledge, and behavior would be collected.
    A Spanish-language translation and bilingual interviewers would be 
used to minimize language barriers to participation. Additionally, the 
proposed survey would be voluntary and anonymous; the surveys would not 
collect any personal information that would allow anyone to identify 
    The findings from the proposed information collection would build 
on and add to the existing knowledge on distracted driving. In 2010 and 
2011, NHTSA conducted a high visibility enforcement program in 
Hartford, Connecticut and Syracuse, New York using enhanced enforcement 
and the media campaign, Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other, to 
reduce distracted driving behavior. The program demonstrated that this 
could be done at the community level, exhibited by decreases in both 
observed hand-held phone use and electronic device manipulation (e.g., 
texting). The next major step is to demonstrate how this program can be 
implemented on a larger basis, either statewide or multi-jurisdiction, 
which is the focus of the

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current demonstration project. The findings from the survey will 
provide insight into the success of expanding the high visibility 
enforcement effort statewide.
    Affected Public: NHTSA intends to collect data from 24,000 licensed 
drivers to conduct awareness surveys for the distracted driving 
evaluation program effort. The distracted driving program will be 
conducted in two States--either statewide or in a multi-jurisdictional 
area in a State. Awareness surveys would be administered in-person to a 
licensed driver population 18 years and older, before and after three 
program waves. Over 3 waves (i.e., 6 measurement periods), 24,000 
drivers would be surveyed in both States (12,000 in each State). 
Participation by all respondents would be voluntary and anonymous.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: NHTSA estimates interviews would 
require an average of 5 minutes to complete, or a total of 2,000 hours 
for the 24,000 respondents.
    Comments are invited on the following:
    (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection;
    (iii) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (iv) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information 
on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    A comment to OMB is most effective if OMB receives it within 30 
days of publication.

    Authority:  44 U.S.C. Section 3506(c)(2)(A).

    Issued in Washington, DC on: November 27, 2012.
Jeffrey Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2012-28984 Filed 11-29-12; 8:45 am]