Over the past several years, we have made remarkable progress raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, both as a department and as a country. In 2009, when DOT took up this issue, only 18 states had anti-texting laws. Today, 43 states have banned texting while driving.
But we have more work to do. We are still losing more than 3,000 lives per year –and hundreds of thousands are injured– because of crashes caused by distraction.
That’s why, today – as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching its first-ever national, high-visibility enforcement campaign to crackdown on texting while driving.