New Government Web Site Teaches Dangers Of Distracted Driving
According to the U.S. Government, distracted driving is a big enough issue that a Web site has been devoted to dissuade the practice. Distracted.com has been constructed by the Department of Transportation to aid in informing motorists about the dangers of distracted driving, stemming largely from the use of mobile devices while piloting an automobile.
The site itself features statistics, laws, and press releases regarding safe driving practices and the danger of driving while talking or texting on a mobile device. Current state laws are also listed regarding the use of mobile devices while driving. Further reaching than just today's crop of high-tech cell phones, distracted driving includes anything that takes the driver's eyes and mind off the road, such as adjusting the climate control or stereo settings.
"Every single time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road, even for just a few seconds, they put their lives and the lives of others in danger," said Ray LaHood, transportation Secretary."Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating,"
In October, President Obama enacted a law banning federal workers from text messaging while in government owned vehicles or on government time. Several companies have followed suit including Chrysler. Illinois, New Hampshire, and Oregon adopt the texting ban beginning January 1st, joining 19 other states. As it stands, only six states have an outright ban on all handheld devices while driving.
Motorists may find themselves breaking mobile phone laws as they pass through different states and local municipalities. With so many conflicting laws throughout the country, a national law may be the answer. Recently, a survey found that 93% of American drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
Source: The Detroit Free Press