Multiple news agencies across the nation have stated that the country’s Transportation Secretary has issued a statement regarding distracted driving, more precisely texting while driving, a true national epidemic.
According to the several news agencies covering this statement, the secretary has laid out a blueprint to increase the amount of educational projects and law enforcement crackdowns regarding distracted driving across the nation.
Young adults and teen drivers have been proved to be especially vulnerable to the temptations of using their cellphones while driving. At this moment, the Transportation Department has designated over $2.4 million to both California and Delaware for projects that could help decrease the number of accidents related to distracted drivers and that combine law enforcement and publicity campaigns that will target distracted driving practices.
According to the news, if these pilot projects work and results are obtained, the Transportation Department hopes to launch even more successful campaigns in other states.
On top of this announcement, the Secretary stated that it’s been noted that it’s highly important that states that have not enacted the cellphone ban must consider doing so as soon as possible. At this moment, 39 states ban texting while behind the wheel and 10 states ban texting and hand-held cellphone usage.
Hopefully, these projects are proved to work and drivers across the state learn that distracted driving could be dangerous and serious accidents could be avoided if only motorists stayed focused on the road ahead at all times.