U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
on Tuesday, April 26, praised North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple for
signing a new law banning texting while driving in the state. The new
law, which becomes effective Aug. 1, will impose a fine of $100 on
people caught texting while driving.
Dakota has taken an important step to eliminate distracted driving,”
LaHood said. “Thanks to the bill signed today by Governor Dalrymple,
North Dakota roads will be safer for everyone.”
the addition of North Dakota, 31 states, the District of Columbia and
Guam now have banned text messaging by all drivers. Eight states, the
District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have prohibited all handheld
cell phone use while driving.
2009, LaHood launched a national anti-distracted driving campaign
modeled on other NHTSA efforts to reduce fatalities, such as its “Over
the Limit Under Arrest” and “Click It Or Ticket” campaigns to curb drunk
driving and increase seatbelt use.
addition, DOT has launched a dedicated website, Distraction.gov, to
provide the public with a comprehensive source of information on
distracted driving; hosted two national summits devoted to the issue;
crafted sample legislation that states can use to adopt distracted
driving laws; and initiated pilot law enforcement programs in Hartford,
Conn., and Syracuse, N.Y.
[via Commercial Carrier Journal]
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