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The Department of Transportation says a network of tough laws, enforcement by law enforcement agencies and personal responsibility will be required to reduce the incidence of distracted driving accidents. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood says, “Every time someone takes their focus off the road — even if it’s just for a moment — they put their lives and the lives of others in danger.” Corporations can and should do their part. Lahood said 1600 private companies now have policies designed to prohibit distracted driving on the job.
Thirty states and the District of Columbia currently prohibit texting while driving. Eight states have banned the use of cell phones while driving. Nearly 5,500 people were killed last year alone as a result of distracted driving automobile accidents.