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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood  (Source:
The California and Delaware programs will test out increased law enforcement and public education campaigns for distracted driving

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has unveiled his “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving” plan, and also provided California and Delaware with $2.4 million for distracted driving enforcement.
The new “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving” calls for four crucial steps toward the elimination of distracted driving. The four steps are as follows: Encouraging the 11 states without distracted driving laws to enforce such legislation; push the auto industry to adopt guidelines for technology used in vehicles; offer educational lessons to new drivers about distracted driving; and provide all stakeholders with options for ending distracted driving for good.
“Distracted driving is an epidemic,” said LaHood. “While we’ve made progress in the past three years by raising awareness about this risky behavior, the simple fact is people are continuing to be killed and injured – and we can put an end to it. Personal responsibility for putting down that cell phone is a good first step – but we need everyone to do their part, whether it’s helping pass strong laws, educating our youngest and most vulnerable drivers, or starting their own campaign to end distracted driving.”

Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation expressed concerns over automakers' decisions to continue adding in-vehicle technology that could aid distracted driving. It said automakers were doing this just to sell vehicles more easily, offering fun new gadgets and technology to entice drivers.
In addition to the new blueprint, the Department of Transportation is also awarding California and Delaware with $2.4 million for distracted driving enforcement and campaigns.
The pilot programs in both states will investigate whether increased law enforcement and paid media coverage can help decrease cases of distracted driving.
“We know from the success of national efforts like ‘Click it or Ticket’ that combining good laws with effective enforcement and a strong public education campaign can – and does – change unsafe driving behavior,” said David Strickland, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator. “Now, along with two great state partners, we’re using this proven formula to help tackle distracted driving.”
The pilot programs will take place in eight counties in the Sacramento valley region, which has 3.8 million residents, and statewide throughout Delaware. The pilot programs are to begin in fall 2012.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

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If you believe that...
By dgingerich on 6/8/2012 6:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
...I have the blueprint for ending human stupidity! It starts with posters all over all public structure saying "Don't be stupid, think before you do something." That's sure to work.

yeah... sure thing...

RE: If you believe that...
By ppardee on 6/8/2012 7:52:01 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, except people would be distracted by those while driving.

RE: If you believe that...
By ClownPuncher on 6/9/2012 5:19:40 PM , Rating: 2
Then ban people from looking at them. They should set up cameras inside the billboards to see if you look at them, then automatically ticket you if you do.

We obviously need more laws for things we already have laws for.

These new laws will change nothing, they just serve as a reminder that progressive reactionaries will never actually think these things through.

RE: If you believe that...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/9/2012 8:27:15 PM , Rating: 1
No no, we need Federal cameras inside every VEHICLE with 24/7 monitoring by Homeland Security to make sure this "epidemic" is being stopped!!!

RE: If you believe that...
By kattanna on 6/11/2012 12:09:52 PM , Rating: 2
sadly.. i can actually foresee the day when they will try just that. We already have states wanting to implant GPS devices into all cars

and the sad thing is.. most people seem to be OK with the continual degradation of our personal freedoms.

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