Lights Off for Driving Safety Says Obama’s Transport Chief

The US News & World Report recently noted that President Obama’s Transportation Secretary has a new passion – turning off the lights. Ray LaHood told the paper that he is intent on saving lives by working to remove the hand-held use of phones and PDA’s of drivers. He told Paul Bedard, the author of the column, Washington Whispers, “[w]e are hooked on these machines … somewhat like an addiction to tobacco or alcohol,” he vents.

The California Injury Attorney Blog has promised to keep you posted on the developments in this area. Although many states and cities have taken action to halt the use of these devices, we all drive on the road with other drivers who see no problem with holding phones and texting. Even the federal government is vowing to stop this dangerous practice.

Secretary LaHood says it makes him “crazy” when he sees other drivers holding phones while driving. After a meeting last year with families who have lost loved ones in crashes with texting drivers, he started FocusDriven, an advocacy group to stop cell phone use in cars once and for all. He believes we can do this because we have made progress with other safety measures in cars, like seat belts.

We all know that these practices are not safe. The Secretary wants to get serious about stopping it. He would like to see technology in cars that cuts off these devices once the engine is started. He also would like to see more enforcement of the existing bans on the use of phones and texting while driving. Finally, a federal ban on these practices would help save lives and he would like to see that happen as well.

The California Injury Attorney Blog will continue to keep you posted on developments. On the horizon we see that as car companies add more and more technologies in cars to enable people to talk and drive, this issue will become more challenging. The Secretary would prefer that technologies to support these sorts of distractions be removed altogether from inside vehicles of all kinds.

The US News & World Report