Two states get $550,000 for texting-ban enforcement

Nov 15, 2012 Posted by in Distracted Driving, Motor Vehicle Accidents and Safety, Personal Injury

Thirty-nine states have some form of law against texting while driving, but most find it hard to enforce. The challenge is detecting when a driver is texting behind the wheel.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s NHTSA or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to find ways to make it easier for law enforcement to identify drivers who are texting.

A total of $550,000 has been awarded by the NHTSA to Connecticut and Massachusetts in order to help plan and conduct enforcement programs on anti-texting. Each state will receive an amount of $275,000 to develop programs and train police officers on new procedures to spot drivers who are texting.

The agency is asking both states to develop new detection methods, such as utilizing spotters on overpasses, roving patrol cars, and stationary patrol cars. Each state will test the effectiveness of these techniques over a period of 24 months. The results will be documented, and then shared with other states facing the same challenges.

We applaud Connecticut and Massachusetts for pioneering new techniques to detect distracted drivers. We hope Florida will be the next state to pass such laws.

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