The Department of Transportation (DOT) has embarked on a quest to eliminate the use of cell phones while driving. The DOT recently released a plan entitled "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving."
The Blueprint calls for:
- Enactment and enforcement of laws against cell phone use while driving
- Adoption of technology guidelines by the auto industry to decrease the potential for distraction
- Increased education efforts regarding the dangers of distracted driving.
In particular, the DOT encourages every state to enact anti-distracted driving laws and provides funding for many to enforce them and otherwise combat distracted driving behavior.
The purpose of the program is to save lives by preventing deadly motor vehicle accidents at the hands of negligent drivers. With an aggressive prevention program, the number of deaths that occur as a result of distracted driving can be drastically reduced.
In 2010, at least 3,092 people died as a result of crashes caused by a distracted driver, accounting for approximately ten percent of fatal accident on the highway. At the same time, a survey released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that more than three-fourths of drivers are willing to use their cell phones on most highway trips.
Clearly, distracted driving poses a serious threat to the safety of motorists, and the DOT's plan proposes important steps to combat this growing threat. The Blueprint will hopefully help decrease the occurrence of distracted driving. Effective laws and enforcement are the best way to keep motorists safe from the heightened dangers created by distracted drivers.