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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 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.

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