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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contact:
July 11, 2011

Jonathan Adkins, 202-789-0942, ext. 13
Kara Macek, 202-669-9746, ext. 14

Distracted Driving Enforcement Pilot Projects Offer Promise

Statement for Attribution to Vernon F. Betkey, Jr.,
Chairman, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—I am pleased to learn of the encouraging results from the Hartford, Connecticut and Syracuse, New York distracted driving enforcement pilot projects. The high-visibility model that has worked so well with seat belt use and drunk/drugged driving is translating well to distracted driving.

Last week, GHSA released a comprehensive report entitled, Distracted Driving: What Research Shows and What States Can Do. One of the key findings of the report is that additional research is needed to conclusively understand the scope of the distracted driving problem as well as what countermeasures are most effective at reducing usage and crashes. The demonstration projects in Hartford and Syracuse are truly a step in that direction. GHSA applauds the U.S. Department of Transportation and the states for their effort.

I commend Secretary LaHood for his continued leadership on distracted driving as well as my colleagues in the Connecticut Department of Transportation and on the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee for their work on this important project. GHSA supports a federal/state partnership to combat distracted driving and believes that reducing the incidents of distracted driving will have a significant impact on achieving the national safety goal of moving Toward Zero Deaths.

State-by-state cell phone and texting laws are posted online at www.ghsa.org.

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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)® is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit www.ghsa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GHSAhq.