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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New US campaign group aims to eliminate 'distracted driving'

The USA has a new non-profit organisation; a national group called FocusDriven that's devoted to raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The group was created following a 'Distracted Driving Summit' in Washington DC last September and describes itself as "advocates for cell-free driving".

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said "Just as groups like MADD [Mothers Against Drunk Driving] changed attitudes about drunk driving, I believe FocusDriven can help raise awareness and change the way people think about distracted driving. Together, I hope we can put an end to this dangerous practice."

The US Department of Transportation recently launched a separate website with information on distracted driving – pointing out that, alongside using mobile phone usage, talking to passengers and using the car radio can also be distracting. Distraction.gov warns that sending text messages when driving is particularly dangerous because it involves taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind off what you're doing.

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