Cellphones and Distracted Driving
Sample Bill Supported by Auto and Wireless Industries and the Safety Community
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today unveiled sample legislation to be used as a starting point for states crafting new laws to prohibit texting while behind-the-wheel, the latest step in the campaign against distracted driving.
August 4, 2009
From the Official Blog of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
When I was home in Peoria a few weeks ago, Alyssa Burns, a 17-year-old high school student was killed when she drove off the road.
It turns out she was texting while driving.
We’ve all seen the footage of the bus driver who was talking and texting on two cell phones while driving.
He smashed into the back of a car, injured the driver, and ended up driving into a swimming pool.
Editorial: Driving, Dialing, and Dying
Mayor Nutter signed legislation in April
that banned the use of cell phones while driving.
The device most motorists first knew as a "car phone" is wreaking havoc on the nation’s highways – where a person yakking on a cell phone behind the wheel is just as dangerous as a drunken driver.
Bold Plan Seeks to Involve Law Makers, Businesses and Public
Itasca, Ill. – The National Safety Council today is calling on motorists to stop using cell phones and messaging devices while driving, and is urging businesses to enact policies prohibiting it and governors and legislators in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to pass laws banning the behavior.