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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 Beenthere on 6/8/2012 10:08:53 PM , Rating: 2
Why are state governments NOT removing and preventing braindead zombies from operating motorized machinery, aka autos on our roadways? There is no Gog-given right to a driver's license. Why do government agencies issue driver's licences to people who CLEARLY lack proper driving skills, who have a history of DUIs, who have a history of irresponsible driving behavior? Why aren't these people permanently REMOVED from the highway? Maybe the state government licensing agencies need to be sued for negligent behavior?

Giving states money to issue vehicular traffic tickets for "inattentive driving" is just throwing good money after bad. There is NO verified statistical data to support the conclusion that "Click-it or Ticket" has done anything to improve compliance or safety. While I agree people dumb enough to not wear a seat belt should be ticketed, there is no way traffic tickets are going to force braindead people to make responsible choices or drive safely.

Thi is just like the increase fines for injuring a worker in a construction zone. Do you REALLY think irresponsible/unskilled people drive more safely in a construction zone because of the threat of a doubled fine? Really? Not likely...

Permanently removing unqualified, irresponsible drivers from the highway is the only means to reduce "inattentive driving".

They make buses for those too challenged and irresponsible to be operating motorized vehicles on our roadways.

By ritualm on 6/8/2012 11:12:28 PM , Rating: 2
There is no degree required to reproduce, even the stupidest know how.

By thejerk on 6/8/2012 11:18:22 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. You can't kill stupid (sort of like zombies).

By tim851 on 6/9/2012 6:27:18 AM , Rating: 2
While I agree people dumb enough to not wear a seat belt should be ticketed

No. I agree that irresponsible drivers should be banned from the roads, but if all I do is risk my own life, I shouldn't be ticketed.

That's where intrusive government begins. Government should protect me from you - although it's up to debate how far they must go - but government should NEVER protect me from myself.

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