VIDEO: U.S. Transportation Sec. gives DE $900K to fight distracted driving

The federal Transportation Secretary comes to Delaware, where he's taking the wheel on distracted driving.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

"When you have a cell phone up to your ear, you don't have both hands on the wheel," says U.S. Secretary Ray LaHood.

Delaware has already banned talking and texting while driving, that's exactly why LaHood wants to give the state $900,000 dollars to step up enforcement of its program, "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other."

"Certainly, the state of Delaware has stepped up here. They've passed a good law. The police has taken this seriously by writing 10,000 tickets. We want to give them more encouragement," LaHood says.

Increased enforcement will be in all three counties the last two weeks of September and next year from April 9-22, 2013 and June 4-17, 2013.

LaHood calls texting while driving a "national epidemic," because everyone has a cell phone.

"And certainly, when you're texting and driving, if you're looking down for four seconds, your car goes the length of a football field, and you're not looking where you're going," LaHood says.

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