Money available for states with phone bans

| August 21, 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday, Aug. 20, announced a new grant program that will provide about $17.5 million to states that have laws banning distracted driving in fiscal year 2013. NHTSA estimates that at least 3,092 people were killed and an additional 416,000 others were injured in distraction-affected crashes in 2010, including crashes involving texting or other cell phone use.

“Distracted driving is a persistent and growing epidemic on America’s roads, but there has also been incredible momentum in the states in recent years to pass laws that tackle the problem head on,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This new grant program will provide states that have distracted driving laws with important resources to help save lives and prevent injuries.”

Authorized by Congress under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the grant program provides about $17.5 million in FY 2013 for states that have enacted and are enforcing anti-distracted driving laws, including anti-texting statutes.

To qualify, a state must have a comprehensive, primary law against distracted driving or a primary law prohibiting texting while driving, which allows law enforcement personnel to stop violators solely for distracted driving. States with secondary laws, which require law enforcement to observe a primary offense prior to enforcing the distraction law, would not be eligible. Under MAP-21, Congress also has authorized an additional $5 million for NHTSA to develop paid advertising to support state enforcement of laws against distracted driving.

“Whether the issue is distracted driving, drunk driving, seatbelt use or another safety concern, we count on our law enforcement partners in the states to help reduce the tragic toll of traffic deaths and injuries on our roadways,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “These funds will allow us to build on the success we’ve seen in past campaigns that combined tough laws, strong enforcement and ongoing public awareness efforts.”

  • Robert Barto

    Money Grants to the states ??? Why not make that money to Owner Operators to upgrade their road equipment… States have enough money !!!!!

  • disqus_UB7KRgkNWQ

    More government control in the name of safety. Next the will be demanding the we ware motorcycle helmets, and full leather suits while driving vehicles. Then they will come up with another law to allow cops to give us a ticket for looking at something they think we shouldn’t be looking. This madness has to stop. Off topic: a marine was recently taken into custody & observation by the thought police for exercising his right to free speech when he said, ‘,,,I’m ready to start severing heads…..’. Our rights are in place to protect ourselves from the government. Rights are not there to make nice talk. The 2nd Amendment is not there for hunting. This so called government has gone way beyond what it’s suppose to be doing. AND utterly fails to do what it’s suppose to do, and that’s to protect our borders. Example they are allowing Mexico to Invade our country.

  • Grumpy Old Man

    This is easy to fix, just outlaw all cell phones, smartphones and leave it up to the phone companies to re-install pay phone and phone booths all over the country again. The Federal Government could just take away all phone companies licenses to use the air waves (radio frequencies) and the problem would be instantly over, period.

    After all, every death is directly caused by the greed of telecommunications corporations need for more money.

    And that’s the simple truth. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.