By Phil LeBeau, CNBC Correspondent
As Ford ( F) prepares to release its MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch in-car communication systems, a new feature of the systems will get a lot of attention. Both will have a "do not disturb" button, so people don't receive phone calls or text messages while they are driving. Instead, the messages will all be saved on the phone for drivers to access at a later time. Both systems will still allow the driver to call out. Ford's system and the improvements it adds to limit driver distractions is a good start. While CEO Alan Mulally has been trumpeting the company line of "hands on the wheel, eyes on the road," that approach did not go far enough to address the issue of the distracted mind. With call and text blocking, Ford is taking a big step in that direction. Frankly, other automakers should follow Ford and the federal government should go even further to restrict the ability of people to text and/or call while they are driving.
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The issue is the same with texting and driving. It's all about people realizing they don't need to pick up the phone when they're behind the wheel. Here's hoping those with the new Ford system press the do not disturb button.