Distracted Driving in the United States

There are over 3,000 fatalities and 400,000 injuries in the United States every year that involve distracted driving. “Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving . . . These types of distractions include texting, using a cell phone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, including maps, using a navigation system, watching a video, adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player” (State). People using cell phones in any manner while operating a motor vehicle will be the focus of this paper. Americans agree that distracted driving is an issue that needs to be addressed, yet not every state has a primary enforcement law regarding distracted driving. The Federal Government cannot create a national law for distracted driving because traffic laws fall under the state’s jurisdiction. Aside from each state implementing a primary enforcement law for distracted driving, organizations and concerned citizens can take matters into their own hands, using awareness tactics to combat distracted driving. While these efforts have proven effective, the most effective and logical next step would be for every state to have a primary enforcement law for distracted driving. In order to battle distracted driving, the Federal Government should implement realistic federal funding incentive programs in a similar manner to the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 and national 0.08% BAC limit. This would at the very least encourage all states to have primary enforcement laws for distracted driving, which is an important foundation for the United States in the fight against distracted driving.

Distracted Driving in the United States

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