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Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

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Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

Joseph Carra
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
January 16, 2013

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 11 (Wednesday, January 16, 2013)]
[Pages 3496-3497]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-00798]



National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[U.S. DOT Docket No. NHTSA-2012-0179]

Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements

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

ACTION: Request for public comment on proposed collection of 


SUMMARY: Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from 
the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). Under the procedures established by the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies 
must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, 
including extensions and reinstatements of previously approved 
collections. This document describes one collection of information for 
which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 18, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
NHTSA-2011-0129 using any of the following methods:
    Electronic submissions: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the online instructions for submitting comments.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, M-30, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
    Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 

[[Page 3497]]

Friday, except Federal holidays. Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
Docket number for this Notice. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without changes to http://www.regulations.gov including any 
personal information provided.

Officer's Technical Representative Task Order Manager, Office of Human-
Vehicle Performance Research (NVS-331), National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590. Dr. 
Kang's phone number is 202-366-7664. Her email address is 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB 
for approval, it must publish a document in the Federal Register 
providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of 
the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of 
information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must 
be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulations (at 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment 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 collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) How to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (iv) How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submissions of responses.
    In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks public comment on 
the following proposed collection of information:

Driver Monitoring of Inattention and Impairment Using Vehicle Equipment 
(Phase 2)

    Type of Request--New information collection requirement.
    OMB Clearance Number--None.
    Form Number--NHTSA Form 1157.
    Requested Expiration Date of Approval--Two years from date of 
    Summary of the Collection of Information--NHTSA proposes to collect 
information from the public as part of a multipart study to develop and 
evaluate vehicle-based algorithms to detect and mitigate impairment and 
inattention. Questions will be asked in conjunction with a pair of 
simulator experiments to determine eligibility, and to provide details 
about the individuals and their experiences in the simulator that are 
necessary to explain the simulator data.
    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the 
Information--The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 
(NHTSA) mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce 
healthcare and other economic costs associated with motor vehicle 
crashes. In 2010, 899,000 police-reported crashes involved a distracted 
driver. This number accounts for 17 percent of the total number of 
police-reported crashes. Driver distraction is the diversion of 
attention from activities critical for safe driving to a competing 
activity. Examples of these tasks include talking on a cell phone, 
reaching for an object, or using a digital music player. NHTSA 
estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes each year are the result 
of driver fatigue, but this estimate may be conservative. There are no 
tests to accurately determine fatigue and it is a difficult driver 
state to measure.
    In a continuing effort to reduce the adverse consequences of 
impaired and inattentive driving, NHTSA in conjunction with the 
National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) is undertaking research to 
develop and evaluate vehicle-based algorithms that will detect impaired 
driving, e.g. driving while intoxicated, distracted, or drowsy. The 
agency believes that use of vehicle-based, detection technologies could 
help to significantly reduce the number of impaired driving crashes by 
alerting drivers to stop driving or disengage with distracting 
    Description of the Likely Respondents (Including Estimated Number, 
and Proposed Frequency of Response to the Collection of Information)--
Under this proposed effort, the Contractor will contact approximately 
168 individuals for the phone-screening portion of the study. The 
screening is roughly 10 minutes in length. It is estimated that 100 of 
these individuals will be enrolled into the study to obtain the 72 
completed data sets. The individuals contacted are persons in Eastern 
Iowa who have volunteered to take part in a driving simulation study. 
Businesses are ineligible for the sample and will not be contacted.
    Estimate of the Total Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden 
Resulting From the Collection of Information--It is estimated that the 
total respondent burden will be 203 hours. There are two experiments: 
Track A and Track B. Individuals in Track A will have a burden of 30-45 
minutes and individuals in Track B will have a burden of 150-180 
minutes. Respondents who only complete the phone screening will have a 
burden of 10 minutes. The respondents will not incur any reporting cost 
from the information collection. The respondents also will not incur 
any recordkeeping burden or recordkeeping cost from the information 

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

Joseph Carra,
Acting Associate Administrator, Office of Vehicle Safety Research.
[FR Doc. 2013-00798 Filed 1-15-13; 8:45 am]

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