Distracted driving is one of the most serious safety issues on our nation’s roadways. In 2009 alone, nearly 5,500 people were killed and 500,000 more were injured in distracted driving-related crashes. But, as Secretary LaHood says in his introduction to the series, “Behind these numbers are children, parents, neighbors, and friends—their families torn apart by senseless, preventable crashes.”
Vermont already has a no-texting law, and a no cell phones in work zone law. Beginning in October 2014, Vermont will ban all handheld electronic devices while driving. Governor Shumlin signed this new restriction into law on June 12th. Watch for an increased awareness campaign of this new law during the summer.