States Taking Action on Distracted Driving

The the use of smart phones we can get almost anything in a matter of minutes. A whooping 91% of Americans own a cell phone and 50% of adult Americans own smart phones. We know it’s very tempting to pick up the phone while driving just so we get the answer to our questions without delay. We always think, it’s not going to happen to me. Well in 2011 it happened to over 3000 people and 387,000 people were injured because of cell phone use while driving, and the number is going increasing.

Distracted driving isn’t a new issue, it’s been happening well before cell phones but now it has increased the chances of accidents. As you can imagine, it’s a great concern for those working in the highway safety field. Since 2010 more states are enforcing distracting driving laws as well as developing effective programs and policies to keep all drivers safe while on the road.

911Tracker Distractive Driving Month Cell Phone

Where does your state stand? While there isn’t a state that has totally banned the use of cell phones, many states have passed laws making it illegal to use hand-held cell phones and text messaging.  

* Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving is banned in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

* The use of all cellphones by novice drivers is restricted in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

* Text messaging is banned for all drivers in 45 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, new drivers are banned from texting in 3 states — Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Other ways states are dealing with Distracted Driving…..

Law enforcement officers in almost every state are actively enforcing distracted driving laws. Police are preforming routine traffic patrols that include distracted driving enforcement. In 2013 California Office of Traffic Safety provided grant funding to 80 law enforcement agencies to conduct additional hand-held and texting enforcement operations.

States are using multiple strategies and channels to get the word out to drivers about the risks of distracted driving. You can easily find events happening in your community throughout the year and with a big push in April because it’s distracted driving month.

One huge way to get the word out is by partnering with companies which is what law enforcement and organizations have done. Ford Motor Company Fund’sFord Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) program has created major partnerships and has events and training’s throughout the United States that help all drivers but especially teen drivers.

States are constantly researching and developing effective solutions as the landscape of driving changes. Although most distractions are avoidable, some distractions are impossible to completely prevent – instead they must be managed. Driving requires your full attention. Here are some tips that will help you eliminate distractions so you can focus on the road ahead. Visit distraction.gov to learn more about how you can help in your own state and Nationally.

 

 

 

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