- Distracted driving car crashes on the rise
- State of Illinois enacts “Safe Phone Zones” along Illinois Tollway
- GHSA approves these efforts to discourage distracted driving
- These types of programs spreading nationwide
An exciting initiative being implemented by Illinois officials could help lead to reduced distracted driving dangers in the state. The program that is set to roll out will designate certain “Safe Phone Zones” along the Illinois Tollway in 2015. These safe zones will provide areas to sit along with free WiFi and will tie in to the state’s traffic oasis locations that are already in place. Considering the statistics that show distracted driving can play a huge role in causing car crashes, this program is expected to be particularly useful for those who need to use their phones while traveling.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is an organization that represents nationwide groups dedicated to highway safety. According to a GHSA official, this initiative is a great method of both recognizing that many people have valid reasons to use their cell phones while traveling while at the same time discouraging drivers from engaging in distracted driving related to those mobile devices. This could hopefully be a win-win strategy for both drivers and those who share the road with them.
Other states have also made use of these cell phone safe zones, including Arizona and Virginia. Travelers Marketing was reportedly involved with both of those initiatives. New York state also implemented a system of “Texting Zones” back in 2013. This could become a nationwide effort, especially if statistics end up showing that these safe zones reduce incidents of motor vehicles caused by distracted driving.
A 2013 survey revealed that this concern is beginning to be tackled with more serious efforts by states across the country, with 43 states plus the District of Columbia taking cases involving distracted driving more seriously than they used to do. In fact, 47 states had already enacted cell phone use while driving at the time of that survey. Some of the states specifically banned texting and 11 states prohibited hand-held use of cell phones completely while driving.
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