With distractions being such a growing driver safety issue in the country and throughout the world these days, a number of driving organizations are becoming involved in the long term fight to minimize cases. These organizations range from those involved in communications, to others that are focused on safety and transportation.
Influence of Driving Organizations
As more and more driving organizations begin to get involved in the fight against distractions, more potential laws are being influenced for the future. For example, recently the Secretary of the U.S. Transportation Department spoke out about the possibility of a federal law that would ban texting and talking on a cell phone in an automobile, aiming to improve driver safety. Ray LaHood, who has long been a proponent of putting an end to distracted driving, claimed that distracted driving is a “national epidemic” and that federal legislation may be the only way to minimize these cases in the United States.
Of course, plenty of influence on lawmakers has come from some other driving organizations as well. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) used 2012 as an opportunity to being a forum to Washington D.C. that would highlight the importance of driver safety. The organization used the help of celebrities and major political figures to help examine the strategies that could be used in the future to mitigate cases of distracted driving.
Aside from these driving organizations, a number of institutes are also having a profound effect on distracted driving from a national side. The most prominent one has likely been the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, who’s worked endlessly to examine the length to which distractions can end up effecting driver safety. Their September 2009 research study entitled “Driver Distraction in Commercial Vehicle Operations” remains as one of the primary source of examples that show the dangers of distracted driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is another driving organization that has played a large role in providing research and safety facts for the masses. Their own research done in 2009 also worked as a basis for a number of the driver safety laws that have been enacted throughout many states in the past few years. Their work focused on both internal and external distractions, showing that each could have a profound effect on the focus of drivers.