U. . Department of Transportation holds summit on distracted driving

On September 21, 2010, the U. . Department of Transportation hosted the second National Distracted Driving Summit. The purpose of the summit was to discuss challenges and opportunities facing national anti-distracted driving regulation efforts.

In recent years, a movement has been gaining momentum to address the problems that distraction behind the wheel can cause. Much of the media has been focused particularly on cell phone use and texting, however, other examples include eating, being overtired, or putting on makeup while driving. Even Oprah Winfrey has joined the effort. Oprah’s No Phone Zone

According to the government website that has been established for this campaign, in 2008, almost 20% of all crashes were caused by distracted driving. Talking on a phone, whether holding it in your hand or using a hands free device, is the equivalent of driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content. In other words, the same as driving drunk. www.distraction.gov.

Due to the serious consequences of distracted drivers, many states are enacting laws to combat this dangerous activity. In June 2009, Maine’s own law was signed by the governor. Not limited to cell phone use, the law allows citation for engaging in any activity not necessary to the operation of the motor vehicle. Officers will enforce the law when they determine that the activity has caused a driver to be distracted. Title 29-A M.R. .A Section 2118

If you have been injured by a distracted driver and have questions about how to be compensated for your injuries, contact us at 1-800-917-1784 or read more on our website, www.Peter-Thompson-Associates.com, on our car accident practice page.