The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is doing everything it can to keep Americans safe from distracted driving. The problem is, it’s only getting worse. As people throughout the United States — and throughout the rest of the world — become more addicted to their smartphones, it becomes harder and harder for them to put them away while they’re behind the wheel. This has many safety experts blaming the recent spike in automobile-related deaths on the rising popularity of digital devices.
The NHTSA is trying to educate Americans about the dangers of distracted driving by teaming up with local law enforcement agencies to distribute public service announcements and conduct education campaigns. The central message the NHTSA wants to convey is this: Safe driving means distraction-free driving. The NHTSA is currently hitting social media websites like Twitter and Facebook with its anti-distracted driving promotional campaigns. One of the most famous campaigns that the NHTSA takes credit for is the one titled “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”
The NHTSA is also providing funding to local law enforcement agencies to assist the specific needs of different areas of the country. For example, some local agencies need help with enforcing current anti-texting-while-driving laws. Others need help with funding their anti-texting-while-driving educational campaigns.
You can do your part to stop texting-while-driving by putting your cellphone out of reach when you’re behind the wheel. You can also demand that your friends stop using their smartphones if you’re riding with them. Being firm and strict with your anti-smartphone driving perspective could save a life or prevent serious injury.
If a distracted driver hurt you, due to no fault of your own, investigate the facts of your case as thoroughly as possible to determine the most appropriate way to seek justice and restitution.