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Feds Spend $550,000 to Monitor Texting While Driving

Written by Gary North on October 22, 2012

The Department of Transportation, a federal agency, has just given $275,000 each to the governments of Massachusetts and Connecticut to study drivers who text while driving.

Why don’t those two governments fund their own studies? Why does the federal government get involved? Because the feds plan to get all of the states involved in anti-texting legislation. It wants data.

But this merelu pushes the question back a step. Why does the federal government plan to pressure all states to pass such laws? Whatever happened to limits on federal power?

That is the question that high school civics textbooks ought to answer. They don’t even ask it. Federalism has become Federal Governmentism.

Here is the press release from the Department of Transportation.

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WASHINGTONThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced it is providing $550,000 to Connecticut and Massachusetts to help them plan and conduct high-visibility anti-texting enforcement programs.  Each state will receive $275,000 to develop and train police officers on better methods for spotting drivers who are texting, and to develop media techniques that alert the public to the perils of texting and driving.

“We have come a long way in our fight against distracted driving, but there is still much work to be done,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Texting behind the wheel is especially dangerous, which is why we’re working with states like Connecticut and Massachusetts to address this important safety issue.”

Today, 39 states have laws on the books that specifically ban texting and 10 states have laws that prohibit the use of handheld cell phones while driving.  Despite such laws, prior demonstration programs conducted in Hartford, Connecticut, and Syracuse, New York, found that it is more challenging to detect a driver texting behind the wheel compared to drivers talking on a handheld device.   The vast majority of tickets issued under those programs were for handheld phone use – about five percent of the citations issued across both communities were for texting violations. . . .

The demonstration grants announced today by NHTSA call for Connecticut and Massachusetts to develop anti-texting enforcement protocols and techniques such as using stationary patrols, spotters on overpasses on elevated roadways and roving patrols, to test their effectiveness in four successive waves of high-visibility enforcement activities over a 24-month period.  The results of these demonstrations will be documented for the benefit of other states which are facing the same challenges.

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5 thoughts on “Feds Spend $550,000 to Monitor Texting While Driving

  1. Texas Chris says:

    I'm going to report every single caps-lock post you make until you stop yelling.


  3. This law should be enforced in Michigan. The driving here is a joke. I wear out a pair of brakes in less than a year by having to drive defensively every few minutes, because some @$$ is too impatient to wait their turn, or is diestracted by something. Anyway, how can someone keep a vehicle on the road, and type accurately at the same time?? And how can they do it at 70 mph or faster? Scary!

  4. Distracted. The typo didn't stand out until I posted the comment. 🙂

  5. I can't even type accurately while I'm not driving sometimes. LOL It would be a mess if I tried to do it while driving.