Distracted Driving Programs Successful, but More Progress Needed

Drivers in Missouri and across the United States have become familiar with the dangers of distracted driving in recent years. Cellphones, GPS devices and other electronic distractions prevent drivers from using their full attention on the road, often with disastrous - even fatal - results.

In response to the dangers presented by distracted driving, many states, including Missouri, have passed laws banning texting while driving. In addition, the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA) has stepped up public education efforts to discourage drivers from talking on their cell phones and texting while driving.

Although some initially doubted whether local bans and public education efforts would curb drivers' use of electronic devices, a recent study by the NHTSA indicates that these efforts are, in fact, working to reduce the incidence of distracted driving.

NHTSA Statistics

According to NHTSA statistics, increased enforcement and media campaigns led to a 57 percent reduction in handheld cellphone use and a 72 percent decrease in texting while driving in Hartford, Connecticut. A similar program led to a 32 percent reduction of both handheld cellphone use and texting while driving in Syracuse, New York.

Evidence of the efficacy of these programs is anecdotal, but the NHTSA is confident that strong local laws, coupled with public education efforts can reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers. And despite early success, all parties agree that there is still a great deal of work to do: far too many people find driving while distracted an acceptable risk.

An Attorney Can Help

If you or someone you love has been injured by a distracted driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can assess your case and help you get the compensation for your injuries you deserve. For more information, contact an attorney today.