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U.S. DOT Launches First-Ever National Distracted Driving Enforcement and Advertising Campaign

Also releases initial results of California, Delaware demonstration programs

WASHINGTON To kick-off National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the Department of Transportation’s first-ever, national advertising campaign and law enforcement crackdown to combat distracted driving.  As part of the effort, television, radio and digital advertisements using the phrase U Drive. U Text. U Pay. will run from April 7-15, which coincides with a nationwide law enforcement crackdown in states with distracted driving bans.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month : U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

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.

U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

As spring arrives, “Drive to Save Lives” partnership blossoms

Traditionally, one of the first signs of spring is the sight of blooming flowers and buds, but the first day of spring this year brought something special: the blossoming of a promising new road safety partnership among DOT, the International Chiefs of Police Association, and state police and highway patrol officers from more than 40 states.

The Drive To Save Lives is a united effort to reduce highway fatalities by 15 percent in 2014. DOT is proud to join the IACP and law enforcement across the country in this education, awareness, and high-visibility traffic enforcement initiative to change high-risk behaviors that --all too often-- lead to crashes...

I.A.C.P. logo

2013 DOT Year in Review: NHTSA sets the stage for safer road future

Photo of NHTSA Administrator David StricklandToday, technology moves at the speed of light. That’s why at NHTSA, we act affirmatively to advance technologies that will save lives and create a regulatory environment that encourages innovation and big thinking about vehicle technology.

This year, we worked to advance the adoption of technologies that will deliver enormous lifesaving potential while also ensuring that new vehicle features don’t undermine safety through:

  • Significant and Seamless initiative;
  • SaferCar app; and
  • Manufacturer guidelines for in-vehicle technologies...

DOT effort to combat Distracted Driving continues

Four decades ago, when Lyndon Johnson signed the order to create the Department of Transportation, it read, “The Secretary should give top priority to the safety of our people as they travel by land, sea, or air.”

Today, that statement remains truer than ever – especially when it comes to distracted driving.

Poster from Put It Down campaign

Just as distracted driving was a priority under Secretary LaHood, it will receive my full efforts, as well...

Winning The Distraction Marathon

Cross-posted courtesy Huffington Post.

Nothing gives you a new perspective on life like raising children. Mine have made me look at almost everything in a new light, including technology. As the father of two young kids, I know the invaluable role that technology plays in keeping families close.

It helps keep us close when I'm traveling -- I can call to hear about their day, and I even maintain a running game of Words with Friends with my daughter (she lets me win). But here's what I also know: As much as mobile devices can keep families connected, there is one place where they can disconnect families permanently.

And that's on the road.

Photo of texting driver

Operation Safe Driver making our roads safer for everyone

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is adding to our road safety message this week (see the October 24 post on Teen Driver Safety Week) with Operation Safe Driver, an all-out effort to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles.

During Operation Safe Driver, our safety partners are stepping up commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement; safety belt enforcement; and driver roadside inspections. They're also increasing commercial driver safety education efforts.

But an equally important part of this campaign is the effort to raise awareness among the public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.


FMCSA Administrator speaks at an Operation Safe Driver event in Hartford.

“5 to Drive” campaign seeks to boost teen driver safety

At the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as it is throughout the entire Department of Transportation, safety is our highest priority. And when it comes to safety behind the wheel, we are especially concerned about our least experienced drivers, America's teens. 

That’s why on Tuesday, I was pleased to join Dr. Flaura Winston of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for National Teen Driver Safety Week and the launch of NHTSA’s new education campaign directed at the parents and guardians of young drivers: “5 to Drive.”

“5 to Drive” is all about getting parents and guardians to engage in an ongoing discussion with their teens about safe driving. We’re asking parents and guardians to reinforce five basic rules with any young drivers in their family.

NOYS Distracted Driving Summit empowers student safety advocates

Last week, we wrote about the safety efforts of the It Can Wait campaign, which is urging everyone to pledge to never text and drive and to ask others to do the same.

Today, we want to thank the young safety advocates who attended the 2013 National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit.

In addition to those who came to Washington, DC, for Friday's summit, we're also grateful to the NOYS advocates who couldn't make the trip but who work year-round in their schools and communities to promote safe driving.

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