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Posted at 9:22 AM ET, 06/15/2010

Area driving laws get high marks

By Washington Post editors

The effort to reduce accidents caused by distracted driving has gained momentum across the nation, according to report issued Tuesday, as states enact stronger laws against texting and cell phone use and push to create greater public awareness of the problem.

The report gave the District and Maryland high marks for their efforts and ranked Virginia a notch lower, primarily because it has not included distracted driving in its overall state safety program.

The report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the national umbrella organization of state highway safety officials, said that the District, Maryland and 26 other states have given distracted driving priority in their state strategies. It also found that the number of states that seek to determine whether distraction was a factor in accidents has increased from 17 in 2003 to 43 today. The District, Virginia and Maryland are among the states that make those determinations.

Read the full report.

-- Ashley Halsey III

By Washington Post editors  | June 15, 2010; 9:22 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  distracted driving, district of columbia, maryland, texting, virginia  
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I never yet seen anybody stopped by a police officer for texting while driving. I've seen drivers text while behind or even next to a police cruiser. When I actually see officers ENFORCE the laws, I'll think that this area has a good program.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 15, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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