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Want to stop distracted driving? There's an app for that.

Distracted driving remains a problem throughout the country. It seems counterintuitive that yet more technology may be the answer, but that's exactly the crux of a recent piece by National Public Radio (NPR). The piece discusses a new feature that was recently proposed by Apple, a leading innovator in all things technology. The proposal involves a function on its iphones that would block specific phone capabilities when the phone is in a vehicle. The function works in three ways:

What Constitutes Distracted Driving?

We have all heard about distracted drivers, or have actually been one ourselves, but what is legally considered to be distracted driving? To address the question head on, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the United States Department of Transportation, defines distracted driving as any activity that could divert the driver's attention away from the primary task of driving. But that doesn't necessarily clear things up, as it only gives a generalized description.

Don't Text and Drive, Especially in Connecticut

We all know that texting while driving is illegal. But....did you know that the Department of Transportation recently announced a pilot program to take place right here in Connecticut? The program will train Connecticut police officers on better methods for spotting drivers who are texting and driving. According to Ray LaHood, secretary of Transportation, "programs like this should give officers new tools to catch offenders."

The Reality of Distracted Driving

As new Connecticut laws are now beginning to reflect, distracted driving is dangerous not only to the negligent drivers themselves, but to anyone else out on the road. For this reason, hand-held cell phone use has now been banned across the state, as well as most of the country. Unfortunately, however, this has not stopped countless drivers from engaging in this illegal activity or from taking their attention away from the road in a variety of other ways. In today's technology-driven society, there are a multitude of ways in which a driver can distract themselves from their surroundings while behind the wheel-including texting, sending an email, using a navigation system, listening to loud music or even talking hands-free on their cell phone. Because of this, distracted driving accidents account for more than 448,000 injuries in the United States each and every year, as well as close to 5,500 fatalities.

Driving Safe this Holiday Season

Recently, AAA has reported that there was an increase in the number of drivers that took to the roads this past Thanksgiving weekend-but it is not expected to stop there. These numbers are expected to continue increasing throughout the rest of the year, so it has become all the more important for drivers to err on the side of caution when out on the roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that since 1994, the number of traffic fatalities has been on an upward slope, with the highest number of deaths occurring on the weekends. Statistics show that there is an average of 123 fatalities each Saturday, with an additional 107 deaths occurring each Sunday. For this reason, it is important for all motorists to practice safe driving and be aware of the potential dangers that they may face this holiday season.

The Safest Time to Drive Your Car

When the winter months strike Connecticut, long-time residents understand what is to come-as just last year, winter brought record-breaking amounts of snowfall. For this reason, countless people chose to work from home rather than brave the hazardous conditions of the roadways. If asked, many people would probably say that this time of the year proves to be the most dangerous for drivers, when thick sheets of ice and snow make the roads slick, but surprisingly, they would be wrong. Statistics tell a different story, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the most dangerous time to get behind the wheel is in August on a Saturday-on the exact opposite side of the spectrum. Experts believe this to be true for a variety of different reasons, all of which we will explore further.

The Threat of Distracted Drivers

Four out of five drivers surveyed believe that both cell phone use and texting while driving are a cause of concern on our Connecticut roads. Drivers state that they feel like they are more at risk for car accidents and injuries sustained in a collision than they were five years ago. Distracted driving has been an area of focus lately. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 6,000 people died in crashes that happened in 2008 involving a distracted driver, while more than half a million were injured. The NHTSA is currently conducting a high visibility enforcement project in Connecticut. Beginning April 10, 2011 law enforcement will be out in full force making sure drivers keep their eyes on the road. Drivers caught violating cell phone laws will be ticketed.