US: FocusDriven to campaign against distracted driving

The Transportation Department and safety advocates joined Tuesday to announce the creation of FocusDriven, an organization dedicated to raising public awareness about the dangers of driving while talking on cell phones or texting on handheld computers.

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have banned texting while driving. Some states restrict cell phone use while driving, but no state has completely banned it.

Safety advocates have an ally in Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who has made cracking down on distracted driving a top issue for the department.

“I’m on a rampage about distracted driving. I’m not going to give up on it,” LaHood told reporters in Detroit on Monday. “I’m going to do everything I can to try to make sure people drive safely — without cell phones, without Bluetooth, without Blackberries.”

FocusDriven is being established with the support of the department and the independent, nonprofit National Safety Council. It will be led by Jennifer Smith, whose mother was killed in 2008 by a driver who was talking on his cell phone.

Source: Cellular News

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