“To put it plainly, distracted driving is a menace to
society,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
said. “Distracted driving is an epidemic, and it
seems to be getting worse every year.”
That quotation is part of an AP news report about federal investigations into the increased dangers of driving while focusing a significant part of your attention onto something else, something which the Transportation Department reports caused a half million injuries and 6,000 deaths last year alone.
LaHood went on to say that the government would make use of the same strategies that worked in the past with drunk driving and car safety belts: a “combination of strong laws, tough enforcement, and ongoing public education.”
Some members of Congress have already introduced legislation that would cost states 25 percent of their federal highway funding unless they banned emailing or texting while driving.
You can read the entire article by Ken Thomas of the Associated Press here.