Distracted driving program aimed to help truck drivers

A new strategy has been released to help truck drivers and other drivers on the road combat distracted driving and avoid dangerous accidents.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has unveiled “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving.”

The strategy addresses the growing and dangerous practice of using handheld cell phones behind the wheel.

The plan outlines ways people can reduce the risk posed by distracted driving. While unveiling the plan, Secretary LaHood also announced $2.4 million in federal support for California and

Delaware that will expand the Department’s “Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other” pilot enforcement campaign to reduce distracted driving.

The outline :

Encourages the remaining 11 states without distracted driving laws to enact and enforce this critical legislation.
Challenges the auto industry to adopt new and future guidelines for technology to reduce the potential for distraction on devices built or brought into vehicles.
Partners with driver education professionals to incorporate new curriculum materials to educate novice drivers of driver distraction and its consequences. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show drivers under the age of 25 are two to three times more likely than older drivers to send text messages or emails while driving.
Provides all stakeholders with actions they can take that go beyond personal responsibility to helping end distracted driving nationwide.

“Distracted driving is an epidemic. While we’ve made progress in the past three years by raising awareness about this risky behavior, the simple fact is people are continuing to be killed and injured