Federal Government Targeting Distracted Drivers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is stepping up efforts to fight distracted driving and is pressuring states to ban texting and hand-held cellphone use by drivers.

LaHood calls the problem "a national epidemic," saying studies show distracted driving is particularly acute among teenage and young adult drivers.

He also announced Thursday the government will award $2.4 million to Delaware and California for pilot projects to combine more police enforcement with publicity campaigns against distracted driving.

Speaking at a news conference, he said similar pilot projects in Syracuse, N.Y., and Hartford, Conn., were shown to successfully curb distracted driving.

LaHood said he wants automakers to back voluntary government guidelines to ensure dashboard technologies won't distract drivers.


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  • by MIke Location: New Brockton, Al on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:07 PM
    Somebody please explain to me why our Gov't must award our "Tax" dollars to states to enforce their laws. It would seem to me like the Gov't has alot of important issues than to stick their nose in states that should fund their own laws.
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