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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2014

Contact: Jonathan Adkins, 202-789-0942 x130
                or 202-669-9746 (mobile)




States Support First Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign

More Than 40 States Join National Push to Fight Distraction

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Distracted driving is a significant problem on America's roadways. According to the latest federal data, more than 3,328 were killed people and approximately 421,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers nationwide in 2012. These numbers are likely under-reported because of the difficulty in determining the role distraction plays in crashes.

To keep drivers safe, states across the country are joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's first coordinated national distracted driving enforcement campaign: U Drive. U Text. U Pay, running April 10-15. The full month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. While only one state qualified for federal distracted driving funds in 2014 (see funding chart) through the MAP-21 law (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), many states are using other limited resources to draw attention to the dangers of distracted driving.

GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins notes, "States recognize that distracted driving is a serious challenge on our roadways. Now that nearly every state bans texting while driving, the focus is on enforcing those laws and reminding the public of the need to focus solely on driving while behind the wheel."

Below are just a few of the many state activities in support of the national campaign:

For a full list of state activities, go to www.ghsa.org/html/issues/distraction/april2014.html.

State distracted driving laws are at www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html.

Visit the U.S. DOT's distracted driving website: http://distraction.gov.

For more information on the national campaign, see www.nhtsa.gov.

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