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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 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.

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