The Department of Transportation has released new guidelines designed to keep motorists safe.

Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood wants automobile manufacturers to limit the distractions of electronic devices in vehicles.

That includes communications, entertainment and navigation tools.

Devices should be designed so drivers don't have to look away from the road for more than two-seconds at a time - or 12 seconds total.

The voluntary guidelines also recommend disabling text messaging and video communications unless the vehicle is stopped.

Visual distractions are the greatest risk to drivers, according to a new study by the national highway traffic safety administration.

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