DOT launches anti-texting programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that it will increase anti-texting enforcement efforts in Connecticut and Massachusetts. These states will receive $550,000 to help conduct far-reaching, highly visible anti-texting programs.
This trucking safety initiative will develop new techniques and protocols to prevent drivers from texting while driving. State authorities will work with police officers to construct new methods for detecting distracted drivers, developing media campaigns to inform the public about the dangers of this bad habit and increase effectiveness of stationary and patrols as well as spotters on overpasses.
"We have come a long way in our fight against distracted driving, but there is still much work to be done," said Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary. "Texting behind the wheel is especially dangerous, which is why we’re working with states like Connecticut and Massachusetts to address this important safety issue."
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration noted that approximately 80.5 percent of fatal crashes can be attributed to driver-related causes, including texting while operating the vehicle. Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors on the road, and the NHTSA hopes that the programs in Connecticut and Massachusetts will help spread the importance of driving safety.
Friday, December 28th, 2012
The U.S. Department of TransportationÂ’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that it will increase anti-texting enforcement efforts in Connecticut and Massachusetts.