New Laws Against Distracted Driving

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 9:47am

On the road today in Potomac, Maryland, top-earning realtor, Michelle Yu is multitasking, using her GPS and using her cellphone.

Across the nation now, there are millions of Michelles.

When asked if she feels like she’s driving distracted, Michelle says
“yes, yes, if I use both of them yes. But you DO use both? Yes.”

Distracted driving kills an estimated 6,000 Americans a year says Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

Secretary LaHood says “so we're on a rampage about it.”

LaHood today blasted those opposed to banning drivers using the gadgets.

Secretary LaHood says “I was stunned that anybody would organize an activity against safe driving.”

But some GPS and cellphone makers are lobbying hard to stop a federal effort to reward states cracking down on texting, calling and GPS-ing.

Handsfree is safe says an industry spokesman.

Jason Oxman, Sr., the Vice President of Industry Affairs Consumer Electronics Association, says “rather than looking at a map unfolded in your lap when a driver is lost or disoriented they can use a voice activated GPS unit :28 to guide them to their destination while keeping their eyes on the road.”

Michelle Yu says she needs to multitask. But she says she's stopped dialing or talking on main highways and will abide by any tougher state rules being encouraged by the Obama Administration.

So far, 28 states including DC have banned texting while driving. 7 states including DC have banned drivers holding cellphones.
 

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