Everyone needs a plan, and now Ray LaHood and his people at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have released their Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving.

The blueprint calls for:
  • Getting the last 11 holdout states to pass laws banning distracted driving.
  • Challenge the auto industry to not provide vehicle content that the government considers distracting.
  • Educate young people about the perils of distracted driving.
  • Continue a public education campaign that "Provides all stakeholders with actions they can take that go beyond personal responsibility to helping end distracted driving nationwide."
Additionally, the government agency's blueprint announces pilot programs in California and Delaware to provide each with $2.4 million for increased law enforcement on distracted driving and create a public campaign reminding motorists that distracted driving is dangerous.

According to NHTSA, 3,092 motorists were killed in "distraction-affected crashes" in 2010.


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      GasMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2 step plan that I have prepared for free as a public service. 1. Start taking driving seriously and require better education and physical training before giving a license to any doofus with $20. 2. Enforce laws such as lane discipline, unsafe driving, and unsafe vehicles so the public gets the message that driving is a dangerous but necessary PRIVILEGE.
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GasMan
        Yes, but they're too busy filling the coffers by giving speeding tickets for going 65 in a 55 to have any time left to pull people over for traffic violations that are actually dangerous. I completely agree though, especially on #1. We should have to do all the crazy stuff that many of the Euros do (snow drifting, autocross, etc.) before they give us a license. Makes for a population that knows how to control their vehicles at and beyond the limit and a lot of fun for me when I get to do the training.
      OnTheRocks
      • 2 Years Ago
      I could have saved them all that effort and just typed "USE COMMON SENSE, IDIOT." on a piece of paper.
      victorzeller
      • 2 Years Ago
      How to end distracted driving? First ticket a minimum of a $5000 fine. Second ticket $7500 fine. Third ticket loss of license for 5 years, no questions asked.
        Agilis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @victorzeller
        First you must define "distracted driving" and it cannot be open for interpretation because then it can be abused by the law or the would-be offender. Once that is done, and we have a clear definition as far as the law is concerned, then I'm on board with you. One small problem though... Acquiring that clear definition.
      Space
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is it almost every time I see a cop pass me he or she is on their cell phone? Hmmm? 0_o I'm not saying that to be provoking or anything. I just realized that I see it A LOT!
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Educate young people about the perils of distracted driving." How about you educate everyone?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its about time NHTSA. This is a serious problem that has to be addressed NOW. There needs to be more examples made...like the story of that kid below. Taking licenses aren't going to stop some idiots from driving anyway. IMO stiff prison sentences are the answer to deterring TWD. Thousands of people have died b/c too many morons don't understand what a car is for!
      dfoster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Americans are some of the worst drivers (excepting Italians). They are unskilled, exhibit poor judgment, and often drive like they were competing in a race (and I'm an American!). If you want to see how driving should be performed, look at some of the German rules for education, licensing, and vehicle maintenance. They have to train and demonstrate proficiency in rain and snow, and the penalties for drunk/impaired driving are swift and certain. We could learn a lot.
      Rob602
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rather than blame companies for their products, how about people just pay attention when they drive? Stop staring straight down over the hood and look out at your surroundings, monitor your mirrors, watch other cars, PAY ATTENTION! This is not difficult. You wanna answer a text? Do it at a stop light. Then put your phone down. Here's an interesting concept few can grasp; use your phone after you get to your destination or perhaps pull over into a gas station and use your phone. Common sense people. Stop blaming others and their products for your bad driving habits.
      Just Stuff
      • 2 Years Ago
      Enough of what group is doing what. In my location (DC Metro Area) it's the adults that are more then likely to be on a cell phone while driving, not the teenagers. And it's not older people that don't know how to signal, it seems to be almost everyone, including the police. In this area, if you see a signal, it usually doesn't mean, may I come over, it means "Look out, Here I come"! I propose we enforce the laws currently the books and start removing the licenses from those who can abide by the law. (Create 1 new law that if you loose your license, you forfeit your car as well)
      AL-Concetta
      • 2 Years Ago
      As far as teenager's go fugetabout it they think they are immortal untill they hit a tree or an innocent driver.
      Bill3JoanA
      • 2 Years Ago
      Enough! I appaud a ban on texting. The overwhelming number of texters can not keep an eye on the road and tap without looking. But first it was "hands free" now a complete ban for the distraction value. What about the drinkers, diners, shavers, make up applicaters, hair combers, child discipliners, ad nauseum. Just talking with a passenger? If I have hands free how does anyone know if I am talking or singing along with my music.....oopps sorry another distraction? It is governmental BS pure and simple!
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