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California Selected for Distracted Driving Pilot

As San Diego accident attorneys, we are pleased that California was one of two states selected to receive federal funding for pilot projects that will test the effectiveness of increased law enforcement and high-profile public education campaigns on distracted driving. The announcement was made by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in connection with the recently released “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving,” which is aimed to curb the dangerous practice of talking and texting while driving.

“We know from the success of national efforts like ‘Click It or Ticket’ that combining good laws with effective enforcement and a strong public education campaign can – and does – change unsafe driving behavior,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “Now, along with two great state partners, we’re using this proven formula to help tackle distracted driving.”

California and Delaware will receive $2.4 million of federal support for pilot programs that will examine whether increased police enforcement coupled with paid media and news media coverage can significantly reduce distracted driving over a widespread area. The California program focus on the Sacramento valley region comprising eight counties and 3.8 million residents, while the Delaware program will be conducted statewide. Both projects will kick off this fall.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego car accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.