Fort Myers Accident Attorneys Asks What’s the Best Way to Combat Distracted Driving?

by Carmen Dellutri on July 9, 2012

Sarasota accident attorneyFederal safety officials have announced a new plan to combat the growing distracted driving epidemic here in Fort Myers and across the country. The Transportation Department’s "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving" outlines steps to pass more laws, address technology, and help stakeholders—from lawmakers to teen drivers—take action.

As Fort Myers accident attorneys, we are hopeful that this comprehensive approach will be successful, much like seat belt campaigns of the last decade.

"Personal responsibility for putting down that cell phone is a good first step – but we need everyone to do their part, whether it's helping pass strong laws, educating our youngest and most vulnerable drivers, or starting their own campaign to end distracted driving," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The "Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving" specifically:

  • Encourages the remaining 11 states without distracted driving laws to enact and enforce this critical legislation. That means Florida!
  • Challenges the auto industry to adopt new and future guidelines for technology to reduce the potential for distraction on devices built or brought into vehicles.
  • Partners with driver education professionals to incorporate new curriculum materials to educate novice drivers of driver distraction and its consequences. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show drivers under the age of 25 are two to three times more likely than older drivers to send text messages or emails while driving.
  • Provides all stakeholders with actions they can take that go beyond personal responsibility to helping end distracted driving nationwide.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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