Raising Driver Distraction Awareness

Bans on tex­ting and hand-held cell­phone use are rais­ing aware­ness of dis­tract­ed dri­ving, but incon­sis­tent enforce­ment is a sig­nif­i­cant bar­ri­er to solv­ing the prob­lem. Thir­ty-four states now ban tex­ting while dri­ving while ten states and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia ban all motorists from using hand-held cell­phones while dri­ving. Automak­ers, wire­less providers and those cre­at­ing smart­phone appli­ca­tions are try­ing to set lim­its so their fea­tures are more like­ly to be used safe­ly. The U.S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion is con­duct­ing research on emerg­ing vehi­cle-to-vehi­cle and vehi­cle-to-infra­struc­ture tech­nol­o­gy that could play a key role in pre­vent­ing acci­dents from dri­ver dis­trac­tion in the future.


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