— Did you know —
Laws are a critical part of the traffic safety equation to address distracted driving, but not the only component. A comprehensive approach to addressing distracted driving includes not only laws but several additional elements:
Education: Drivers can be better informed about the risks of distracted driving through such channels as driver education and DMV manuals, community programs, the media, and by safety advocates.
Enforcement: States should establish and consistently enforce distracted driving laws based on sound research and safety principles.
Engineering: Roadway countermeasures that can help prevent distracted driving crashes and injuries include center and edge line rumble strips and stripes, guardrails, and median cable barriers. Consumer electronics products and in-vehicle technology to manage the use of wireless communications may play a role in future solutions to reducing distracted driving.
Evaluation: Continued research is needed to determine the impact of and the most effective ways to curb distracted driving behaviors.
Encouragement: You are part of the solution. Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to avoid distracted driving.