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

By Amy Cherry 4:37pm, June 7, 2012 - Updated 4:40pm, June 7, 2012
WDEL's Amy Cherry talks w/ U.S. Sec. Ray LaHood.
The federal Transportation Secretary comes to Delaware, where he's taking the wheel on distracted driving.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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"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.

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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.

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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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