USDOT Secretary La Hood Announces Blueprint to End Distracted DrivingMonday, Jul 16, 2012
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood announced a comprehensive plan to build on the momentum and progress made to date to end distracted driving. A key component of La Hood’s Blueprint includes exploring public education campaigns to reduce distracted driving.
Those of us who have spoken with high school students as part of EndDD.org’s 2012 Student Awareness Initiative applaud this national effort to end the epidemic of distracted driving and its tragic consequences. Through the EndDD.org program nearly 50,000 students across the country participated in these presentations. In the Capital District, our attorneys Pam Nichols and Tom DiNovo brought the message to over 1,000 students in a 7-county area. Feedback from presenters, faculty, staff, and students indicates the effort is making a difference and changing attitudes.
La Hood’s blueprint to end distracted driving also includes: encouraging the remaining 11 states without distracted driving laws to enact and enforce this critical legislation; challenging the auto industry to adopt new and future guidelines that reduce the potential for distractions on devices built or brought into vehicles; partnering with driver education professionals to add new materials that educate novice drivers about driving distracted and its consequences; funding programs in California and Delaware to test the effectiveness of police enforcement and public education campaigns to reduce distracted driving and provide the public with actions they can take to help end distracted driving on America’s roadways.
Plans are in place for the 2012-13 school year in which we aim to bring our message to a larger number of school districts across upstate New York. Please contact us to schedule a presentation for your school or community group. To view feedback go to: http://www.enddd.org/speakers/presentation-feedback.php