Distracted Driving: Survey of the States

Distracted driving is not a new threat to highway safety, but new technologies both in and outside the vehicle have forced policymakers to focus attention on this issue anew. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) surveyed its members in late 2012 to find out how states were responding to this significant safety issue. Fifty states and the District of Columbia completed the survey, offering insights into state highway safety office (SHSO) policy, research, enforcement and educational efforts undertaken to mitigate the effects of distracted driving. This report will show that as distracted driving has grown as a priority in the highway safety community, SHSO leaders have continued to be on the front line of efforts to address distracted driving in their states. State highway safety office leaders are on the forefront of the distracted driving problem and recognize that the combination of inattentive drivers and increasing technology use can impact the safety of our roadways. Almost every state has employed multiple strategies to address this issue and states continue to tackle the distracted driving problem from a number of perspectives. Key findings of the 2012 survey include the following. (1) The recognition of and emphasis on distracted driving as a highway safety priority continues to grow. (2) States have been passing key distracted driving-related laws.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 56p

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  • Accession Number: 01487890
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2013 10:08AM