July 18, 2019

Distracted Driving Crackdown by DOT

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported their campaign targeted at distracted drivers, those who use handheld cell phones and those who text while driving, is showing signs of success. It is modeled after the “”Click It or Ticket”" program that helped to successfully increase seatbelt usage once mandatory laws were passed. The campaign involved four month-long waves of educational campaigns and police crackdowns in selected cities.

Distracted Driving Crackdown by DOT

The NHTSA, a division of the Department of Transportation, conducted campaigns in Hartford, Conn. and Syracuse, NY, where usage fell at least 57% and 32%, respectively. This promising data comes as welcome news as reports of bans on handheld phones have yet to show any real reduction in accidents according to a report published last year. The effectiveness of the state bans has been called into question and states were advised by the Governors Highway Safety Association to hold off on adopting further bans until research shows them to be effective. NHSTA plans to move forward with their campaign and test it out statewide in a yet to be determined state.”

USA Today

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

An Overview of Your State’s Deptartment of Transportation

The Department of Transportation or DOT of your state, encompasses many different things in the transportation industry. Some of the departments are about things like public transportation, aviation, rail transport, and roads and turnpikes. Here are just a few of the things that your local DOT takes care of.

Department Of Transportation

Road and Highway Construction

Are you interested in road construction? It may be a good idea to know what projects are ongoing and what is planned for the future. In this way, you can plan your traveling needs around various types of road construction. If you go to the website of your local DOT, this information will be very easy to find.

Motor Carrier Compliance

This is very important for everyone’s safety. It covers things like the inspections of commercial vehicles. Weight stations are very important, as over-weight trucks cause a great deal of damage to roads and bridges. This division also has officers that enforce regulations and periodically inspect commercial trucks that are not at weight stations. This program is designed to prevent many accidents that occur on the roads, today.

Aviation

Your state DOT also covers issues that are related to aviation. It is responsible for inspecting and enforcing regulations for planes that take off from all airports. This includes public and private airports. The DOT and the FAA work together to keep air travel as safe as possible.

Highway Beautification Projects

Highway beautification projects come from your state DOT. They have many projects for landscaping near highways. This is important for looks, as well as keeping land from washing away and causing roads to fail. They also have projects that let you adopt a street or highway, as people promise to keep a section of road clear of trash and debris. If more people engage in these projects, all the roads will improve a great deal.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Traffic

Pedestrian and bicycle traffic needs special considerations. This is especially true for school children. Things like crosswalks and school zones are designed and built with engineering from your local DOT. They also operate safety programs that train school crossing guards, too.

Finance and Revenue

Your local DOT is an important factor in getting funds to keep your roads in repair. They operate things like toll booths and programs for tax money, and they account for the use of state and federal funds. They also have to design and work the budgets for all of the major construction projects. This covers a lot of road work and maintenance.

Summary

Your state department of transportation covers a wide range of things. They are responsible for road building and improvements. They make sure that the big trucks on the highway are safe and free of defects. The DOT works with the FAA to keep air travel smooth and safe for everyone. They have many projects to keep the highways clean and beautiful. Many people work hard on landscape and drainage projects, and the DOT operates the adopt a highway projects. School children receive crosswalks from services of your local DOT. The state DOT is responsible for all of the budgets for their projects. They control and administer the funding, too. This covers a great deal of services in the transportation industry.

Learn more, click here: http://www.dot.gov/