Efforts to Fight Distracted Drivers Move Into High Gear…

The AMA is spreading the word about distracted drivers and their goal is simple, “to prevent the crashes from occurring in the first place.”

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President Obama’s administration and federal lawmakers are making it clear that they are serious about reducing distracted driving on the nation’s roads.

In October alone, Obama signed an executive order banning federal workers from text-messaging on cell phones while driving government vehicles, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told federal lawmakers at hearings that he will work to “raise the awareness (of the dangers of distracted driving) and sharpen the consequences,” and U.S. House and Senate committees held hearings on the issue.

“One motorcyclist killed on our highways is one too many, so it’s encouraging to see that decision-makers at the federal level are taking the dangers of distracted driving seriously,” said Ed Moreland, AMA vice president for government relations. “The AMA has adopted a position statement that endorses enhanced penalties for those who injure or kill others while operating a motor vehicle when distracted or inattentive operation is involved. But the goal must be to prevent the crashes from occurring in the first place.”

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