The war on texting while driving just got a big assist from the government. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just announced that they were providing roughly $17.5 million in available funds for states that enact laws aimed at keeping drivers’ attention where it is supposed to be – on the road.
The grant money will be split up among any states that have comprehensive laws which are specifically aimed at preventing distracted driving or driving while texting. In addition, there is an additional $5 million available to develop and support advertising aimed at preventing distracted driving. These new grants come amidst the growing concern nationwide about the dangers of texting while driving.
In 2010 alone, estimates place the amount of deaths attributed to driving while texting at just over 3,000, with an additional 416,000 injuries in other types of accidents caused by distracted driving. Motorists should be aware of new laws enacted in their states, and need to be extremely cautious not to engage in distracted driving, especially in light of these new laws.