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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 knutjb on 6/9/2012 1:12:31 PM , Rating: 2
You're talking about a bureaucrat. You NEVER want them to find something to do. That is how they come up with foolish ideas like this one.

The problem is that law makers and bureaucrats have is they think new rules and laws will prevent something from happening. They ignore human behavior, and much of the time, the constitution too.

How often do you hear law enforcement preventing something from happening vs. mopping up the mess after the fact. This idea that LaHood has falls into the later category. All the cellphone laws I know of do not allow cops to pull over offenders solely for that. States use laws like this to raise money after the fact as an add-on to other violations, i.e. swerving, speeding, driving too slow, accident, etc...

LaHood means well, I think he would like to keep people from getting hurt. Unfortunately he hasn't figured out, like most law makers and bureaucrats, you can't fix stupid. To punish bad behavior after the fact is fine if you understand that is all it can do. Once he believes he will make you change your behavior because he knows best is where the problem resides. I believe from Lahood's previous actions he falls into this false trap.

When he doesn't get the change he demands he will just add to it, i.e. seatbelts, cars have had seatbelts for a long time but many refused to use them. So they added beepers and lights to annoy you into using them.

All of this cost us a lot of money. No I'm not saying we should have no safety at all. Just where do we draw the line to stop an over active bureaucrat from exceeding his authourity.

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