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Syracuse Sees Decline in Distracted Driving During NHTSA Pilot Program

Published July 12, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

This week, US Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood declared success announcing the results of a two-city pilot project in Syracuse, NY and Hartford, CT to reduce distracted driving behaviors.

The campaign theme, “Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other” resulted in a 30 percent reduction in cell phone use and texting in Syracuse. A 57 and 75 percent decline in cell phone use and texting, respectively, in Hartford was dramatically higher due to the high numbers of distracted drivers before the start of the campaign.

Our injury attorneys have been reporting on the dangers of distracted driving and encourage Binghamton, NY, residents to participate in campaigns to prevent injuries and deaths associated with car accidents caused by distracted driving.

Federal funds and funds from NY were combined to determine whether increased police enforcement along with paid advertising and news media coverage could reduce distracted driving in the state. During four periods of stepped up enforcement, over 9,500 tickets for cell phone and texting were handed out.

Before and after each enforcement wave, driver cell phone use and texting behaviors were observed and surveys were conducted at state drivers’ license offices to determine if there were changes in attitudes and behaviors.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that the success of these pilot programs show combining strong laws with strong enforcement can change driving behaviors and attitudes.

NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said, “We applaud the work of the men and women of the Syracuse and Hartford police forces, and call on state legislatures, law enforcement and safety advocates across the nation to follow their lead.”

The safety administration plans to test this same three-part formula — tough laws, strong enforcement, and ongoing public awareness – at the state-wide level next.

The injury attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourage all New York drivers to stop texting and cell phone use on all roads and highways. Stay aware and alert to others who may be endangering your life and the lives of your loved ones by their negligent behaviors.

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Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a distracted driver in a New York car accident, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today! There is no charge for the consultation.

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