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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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RE: LaHood wants to be head of the Nanny-State
By Reclaimer77 on 6/9/2012 12:50:35 AM , Rating: -1
I don't see a huge fundamental distinction between a DUI and driving while texting.

Yes because being temporarily "distracted" and having your brain chemically impaired for hours are exactly the same. Nothing fundamentally different there at all...

By JediJeb on 6/11/2012 12:45:55 PM , Rating: 1
Some I have seen will text and drive for a longer distance than those who are drunk would drive so maybe it is very similar.

In the end there could be a death caused by the behavior so maybe they should be considered nearly the same. And if you think about it, driving after you are drunk means you began driving after your judgement was impaired, but texting while driving you are doing that with a clear mind, so which is the more wanton crime?

By The Raven on 6/11/2012 1:31:20 PM , Rating: 1
Not sure why you got rated down. Sometimes people don't like the condescending tone lol.

Basically, while driving while texting "might" be similar to drunk driving (for arguments sake let us assume as much) I'd rather assume that someone texts 1 time during an hour long drive than be drunk for an hour long drive.

I'm not sure why anyone would disagree with that.

I guess they want to figure that everything is as bad as drunk driving and that everyone is as bad as Hitler lol.

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