October 21, 2020

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