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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood  (Source: aarp.net)
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 Reclaimer77 on 6/10/2012 2:31:24 PM , Rating: -1
You don't have to "get over" anything. If you feel wronged, sue someone. It's the American way.

Did you ever hear that accidents happen? They do. Move on. They aren't going be prevented by bureaucrats like LaHood telling your state to fine people who get distracted.

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Plus, if you don't text and drive, the law won't even affect you.


LOL ah, the old "if you have nothing to hide" argument in action. Ignorance of the worst kind. Today it will be texting, tomorrow it will be radios and MP3 players, after that who knows. But idiots like you will probably support it. I don't think a Government on the planet has successfully gotten people to make "good decisions", but yeah, good luck with that.


By yomamafor1 on 6/10/2012 5:49:13 PM , Rating: 2
LOL!

"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.


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