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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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By boeush on 6/8/2012 8:55:30 PM , Rating: 0
you actually DESERVE getting run over. He would be doing a public service in my opinion. The country needs about, oh, 100 million less idiots like you in it.
No doubt you're right, Herr Hitler. Oh, please don't forget to CC the SS on that memo...

IMHO, your "personal responsibility" ends being "personal" at the point when your actions cause harm to another person without their consent. That's the point where government can and should legitimately intervene. Distracted driving is one such perfectly valid scenario.

I know, I know. I'll now go and check myself into the nearest death camp. Sieg Heil!

By thejerk on 6/8/2012 11:15:40 PM , Rating: 3
You didn't get the memo.

As soon as someone defaults to a Hitler allusion, they automatically lose.

By boeush on 6/26/2012 8:55:09 PM , Rating: 2
IMHO, as soon as someone avers to mass slaughter of 100 million people, they deserve a Hitler allusion, and automatically lose.

Or didn't you get THAT memo?

By thejerk on 6/27/2012 6:19:22 PM , Rating: 2
It is apparent you have some sort of personal gripe with Reclaimer77.

It was pretty obvious that the number was arbitrary and pulled out of the air. Even though he has a LOT of free time to comment on DT all day long, I'm quite certain he doesn't have the time to create a 100 million person death list.

Quit being a reactionary idiot.

By boeush on 6/29/2012 8:17:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure that's what they told any concerned Germans back in the 1920's.

But eventually crude "jokes" made in "bad taste" somehow morphed into not-so-funny grim reality.

Funny, how that happens sometimes, when a$$holes are left unbridled and unchastened. They never self-correct or tone it down on their own: if nobody stands up to them, they only get more emboldened.

So, quit being a conciliatory idiot.

By yomamafor1 on 6/10/2012 1:00:36 PM , Rating: 1
Because we all know doing something that may potentially harm yourself is the same as doing something that may potentially (and fatally) harm other people. /s

People do stupid things. That is a fact. If people want to destroy themselves by drinking large amount of sodas, it should be fine as long as they don't force other people to do the same. However, the same thing cannot be said about distracted driving. When someone texts and drives at the same time, they are bound to kill someone innocent. Obviously you don't know the feeling when someone you love is forcibly taken from you because someone else made a stupid decision.

Oh, and saying things like "you deserve to be run over" to someone who holds a different opinion from you doesn't make your argument more convincing either.

By yomamafor1 on 6/10/2012 2:08:57 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry but the statistics say otherwise. Put the emotions aside and actually think about this.

Ok, sure.


This is pitiful. Of course I do. So what? If you think dealing with grief means involving the entire country and making laws, you aren't coping very well. That's one of our biggest weaknesses today, nobody seems to have the ability to look past their own problems.

So your argument amounts to, "because I can get over it, everyone else has to suck it up", is that it? People distrust the government, I get it. But trusting the people who makes stupid decisions over the government? That I don't get.

In a country with 300+ million citizens, the amount of actual deaths caused by textdriving are stupidly low. And don't hand me some crap about "if a law can prevent just one death, it's worth it." This isn't even ABOUT preventing deaths, it's just more politics and job-justification and money grubbing. Calling something that would fall within the margin of error on most studies an "epidemic" is laughable.

Stupidly low you say? Total fatalities from traffic related accidents in the US in 2009 was 33k. According to Reuters, 2,667 deaths on average are related to texting per year. That's 8%, and 2,667 more than necessary. That's not "stupidly low".

Plus, if you don't text and drive, the law won't even affect you.

By yomamafor1 on 6/10/2012 5:49:13 PM , Rating: 2

"Here's the proof that supports my point"

"I don't care, you're still wrong.".

Very convincing argument indeed.

By yomamafor1 on 6/10/2012 6:05:11 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and for the record, the only entities that would seek to ban your beloved Netflix is the media conglomerates that you loved so much, objecting to the "copyright", as well as wireless companies objecting to "excessive use of bandwidth".

I highly recommend you to do some research before spewing your uneducated Fox News "I hate government" lines.

By steven975 on 6/11/2012 8:59:39 AM , Rating: 2
Laws get abused all the time.

I was written a ticket for lack of a seat belt because I unbuckled it to get my registration and proof of insurance. I did not sign it, and the cop actually threatened arrest.

By x10Unit1 on 6/11/2012 11:14:37 AM , Rating: 2
I thought you were joking about the "large soda" ban.

Then using the power of google, I find your claim to be true.

Now begins the facepalming before the government steps in and stops me.

I pray there will be a time when we as a society look back on the past 50 years and laugh about how completely stupid we have been.

By kattanna on 6/11/2012 12:06:51 PM , Rating: 2
at the same time they are banning sodas over 16 ounces, they are "legalizing" carry pot up to an ounce.

jon stewart did a funny segment about the 2 changes in law.

By x10Unit1 on 6/12/2012 3:32:40 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you for this!

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