Legislative Updates: 114th Congress
Rep Deutch introduces Distracted Driving Prevention Act
Congressman Ted Deutch has co-introduced H.R. 2154, the Distracted Driving Prevention Act of 2015. This bill empowers the U.S. Department of Transportation to award grant money to states that take steps to prevent tragedies cause by distracted driving.
This bill would incentivize states to pass strong distracted driving laws by awarding grants to states that prohibit cell phone use, including texting, while driving. These grants would be used to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving, install traffic signs notifying of distracted driving laws, cover law enforcement agency costs related to the implementation of these laws, and for other safety projects. The bill would also direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish a research program to study distracted driver behaviors and portable electronic devices, in an effort to better understand possible future solutions.
The full text of the Distracted Driving Prevention Act is available here.