New Organization Combats Distracted Driving

The federal government is trying to teach people about the dangers of distracted driving, launching a new organization called FocusDriven.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told CBS' "The Early Show" that members of the organization "will be traveling the country persuading people to put cell phones away while they're driving."

LaHood and National Safety Council President Janet Froetscher announced the creation of the group Tuesday. FocusDriven will be led by Jennifer Smith, whose mother was killed in 2008 by a driver who was talking on his cell phone.

LaHood said he hopes FocusDriven will have the same success that Mothers Against Drunk Driving has had in changing attitudes toward drinking and driving.

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  • by Chris Location: greenville on Jan 12, 2010 at 02:50 PM
    I hope they don't use the tactic that MADD used with a car I wrecked, and I was not intoxicated at the time. They purchased my mother's car that got totaled out by someone who pulled out into my lane. Then they proceeded to park the vehicle in front of MY high school. It had a banner on it that read "THE EFFECTS OF DRUNK DRIVING". My brother was in high school at the time, and had a key to the car. He went in the car and retrieved forgotten personal items, and had to tell everyone nobody was drunk when this car was wrecked. MADD is a sneaky organization by what I have seen , so I hope they aren't going to be like MADD.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    To:To VLD if you think driving and talking on a cell phone is multY tasking,thier you go again I rest my case.Go blow some bubbles and try not to trip over your feet.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    Objectively, when you drive "defensively", this means you know whats in front and behind you, you steer the car in the lane, operate a gas pedal along with a brake, use a turn signal, a windshield wiper, heater, radio and turn signal. The point is I never use my cell phone unless the cruise is engaged, traffic is light where I have reduced my multitasking. I know, if I make a mistake, just like you, you are liable for it. Most don't realize that. I am not against FocusDriven, I am against laws that are based on selfish stupidity of a few, like texting....what were you thinking?
  • by To VLD on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:24 AM
    Look at all the comments below & LEARN how to spell & MAYBE we MIGHT THINK that you can Multitask! This law has nothing to do with running equiptment so let's talk about the real problem here....irresponsible people...PERIOD!!!
  • by VLD on Jan 12, 2010 at 10:11 AM
    To :To VLD then why are most race car drivers men? Why are most Equipment operators men?Do you even know how to run a $1 million machine that takes multy tasking?Well I do.Multy Tasking,you aint got a clue.By the way look in the picture above.Rest my case.
  • by Concern on Jan 12, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    Anything can distract you while driving such as looking at other stuff while riding by or you can be reaching for something. It is true cell phones are a huge disstraction, but only allowing emergency calls come through or out is a little extreme. If I am on my way to work or anywhere for that matters and the school call me in reference to my kids, I don't want to wait til I have stopped driving to get that message because depending where I am going it maybe an hour or so. So I don't feel blocking all phone calls are logical.
  • by william Location: rocky mount on Jan 12, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    Good luck with all that! We must have at least a million laws, rules and recommendations to abide by daily yet things get worse by the hour. Cross your fingers and hope nothing happens to you today.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 12, 2010 at 09:02 AM
    Several problems as I agree with most of you here, I don't want laws, nanny laws by the state, I want people to just show better judgement. It appears that cell phone drivers should have their cell phones in their right ear. Example, changing lanes, making a turn are moving violations and you will get a ticket. In fact, if in Florida, its $75 per lane change. If you cannot drive the speed limit with the phone in your ear, pull over in a clear area. No phone call is worth your life. Never used a phone in heavy traffic period, just doesn't work for anybody, too much mulitasking. If people would show better judgement, these laws would never been thought of.
  • by linda Location: washington county on Jan 12, 2010 at 08:46 AM
    is this a new way to ceate jobs? just a new way to spend taxpayers money. you can't teach common sense. just make it a law not to talk on cell phones while driving a vehicle. there are just as many men as there are women that have there ear to their cell phone. i have had my cell phone for three years and i have used it twice while stoppled beside the road.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Jan 12, 2010 at 08:46 AM
    So,taxpayers are going to pay for people to walk around and try and convince others to not talk on phones!LOL.Only a Democrat would think of such!
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