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“Despite the fact that it deadens a driver's reactions more than alcohol, and in its consequences is as destructive and devastating as drunk driving, attitudes to driving while using a hand-held mobile phone and driving under the influence could not be more different.”

Facts about Distracted Driving

  • In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured.(NHTSA)
  • 16% of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA)
  • 20% of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA)
  • Distracted driving is the number one killer of American teens. Alcohol-related accidents among teens have dropped. But teenage traffic fatalities have remained unchanged, because distracted driving is on the rise. (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Study and NHTSA Study)
  • While over 90% of teen drivers say they don’t drink and drive, nine out of 10 say they’ve seen passengers distracting the driver, or drivers using cell phones. (National Teen Driver Survey)
  • Brain power used while driving decreases by 40% when a driver listens to conversation or music. (Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon University Study)
  • More than 80% of drivers admit to blatantly hazardous behavior: changing clothes, steering with a foot, painting nails and shaving. (Nationwide Mutual Insurance Survey)
  • Drivers on mobile phones are more impaired than drivers at .08 BAC. (University of Utah Study)

Your question:

Should the Federal Government be doing more to prevent distracted driving? Why or Why not? 

***Remember, 3-5 full sentences indicates a well thought out response. Some of you do not even read the question and end up posting responses that make absolutely no sense.***

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425 comments on “CNN BLOG

  1. Yes, they should be doing a lot more. So many people get into accidents. Some are caused by texting. If they come up with more ways to keep people safe then there would be less accidents.

  2. I think the government should do more about distracted driving because a lot of people get seriously injured or die.

  3. I think that the Federal Government could try to do more about distracted driving, but people are still going to do it no matter what. But while people are texting and driving or being distracted by other things, they don’t realize the danger they putting themselves and other people in as well. If the government does decided to help, they should do it as quick as possible to help save other people

  4. I dont think they can do a lot about texting and driving. I see people doing it all the time, its hard to catch the people. But if they could find a way to catch them it would be really good and save lives.

  5. the government should do more than just ban texting and driving, they should at least put a bill that adds a ticket to the cost for text’s wile driving. it would really stink if you were just driving and not texting and someone who texts hits you. the government should do something.

  6. I think the government should do more to stop distracted driving. It may upset the driver, but id rather be safe then sorry. Its also not fair to other people on the road because it isnt safe for them either.

  7. i think that they should do something cause they are a lot of people that are die cause of distracted driving they know that they could die but they still do i think that the government can do more but it is not just the government that could help we can help by turning off the phone and try to be batter drivers

  8. I would say that i think they should try harder to stop it, but it would probably just be another waste of money. I think we need to have cellphones that you can easily voice activate. I know smart phones can already do this, but we need ones that will work from a distance. Like you could say “Send text to .” Say, “.” End text. Send. This would only reduce distraction, for two reasons. One, texting isnt the only reason. Also, talking would still be a distraction, though less of one.

  9. i think they should because you don’t want more people to die.also people could die just over one little texts and you could hit other people on the road also.i think they should ban texting when you are driving.

  10. Yes, I do think that the Federal Government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. It’s good that there are states with laws against texting and driving, but all 50 states should have that law. These laws are not meant to be irritating, they are meant to save lives. In 2009, 16% of fatal crashes involved distracted driving. That means that we need to do more in order to keep Americans safe.

  11. I think the government should do more to prevent distracted driving,but they can’t really.You can’t stick a policeman in everyone’s car to watch them.But they still could do things like ban texting in every state because no one deserves to die from being hit by a distracted driver.

  12. I think that the people on the road should pay way more attention to what they are doing while driving. People don’t realize that they aren’t just putting themselves in danger they are also putting the other drivers to. I think that federal government should be doing more to prevent this.

  13. Yes, I think the federal government should try and make a law against texting and talking on the phone they need to make it a law in all the states. They need to do more to stop it!! A lot of the drivers only think of themselves when they are texting they’re not realizing their endangering other peoples lives!

  14. They should try to make it so they have no distractions but how would they know what the driver is doing. There are lots of accidents in the u.s. so they should try to stop it. They should do find away out before more people get hurt from distracted drivers.

  15. They should just let nature take its course I suppose. They should try and stop this many crashes from happening but there really isn’t a way besides making laws like your eyes must be watching the road every single second of the drive. They could educate people more but that doesn’t really stop distractions. Distractions are variables and we can’t really get rid of them all that well. I guess I’ll just send a ten page text about what groceries I got. This will only take me about 5 minutes. OOOOOH look I’m in the oncoming lane.
    #dudewheresmycar

  16. i think the government should make it so the newer cars make your phone shut off. this will stop most distractions. the rest should be controlled by the driver and the people inside the car with them. they can stop most of this with a nice ticket.

  17. I think that they can do a lot more. It would be better if all states and countries banned texting and calling. But there is also the fact of passengers. Passengers should also understand that not all crashes are the drivers fault. That’s way on buses, you shouldn’t distract the driver. If you get a text from someone, either don’t answer it until your not driving or, if you have somebody else in the car, have someone else answer it.

  18. Yes, they should, they should stop it because more people will be safe and they should stop it by banning the use of phones while driving, and a way they can is by using some kind of signal when someone is using a phone that would be sent over to a policeman and give them a major fine for it.

  19. I think that yes they should be doing more do prevent distracted driving. There is a very high rate of accidents from distracted drivers and sometimes people end up getting killed. Nobody should have to die because a person was distracted and wasn’t paying attention to their surroundings. They say they prevented texting while driving but there are still a numerous amount of people who text while driving to this day. The government acts like there paying a lot of attention to it but to be honest i don’t think its a high concern of theirs. I think they think they have more stuff to worry about instead of distracted driving.

  20. Yes, the government should really crack down on texting and driving. It is a bad habit and should end. Also, the government should push car companies to make more safer cars on the road. Ford especially should step up and make the next big thing. If we all had cars with kewl cameras and some other kewl James Bond stuff, we would be fine. Cars need to be high tech and also the people who drive them need to be more careful.
    #isitchristmas.com

  21. I think the government needs to step in and do something about more to prevent the distractions for the drivers. The more distractions there are the more people are going to get hurt or worse die. The flashing lights on the signs telling the drivers to be careful aren’t helping either. They are more then likely as much a distraction as anything else.

  22. i think that the government should more to prevent distracted driving. it is a hazer to the public and it hurts the one driving any. but really it comes down to the people driving because the no hands phone would be hard to see.

  23. I think that the federal government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. I think this because when people get into accidents because they were doing something else while driving they are not the only person that gets hurt other people do as well. I think that because so many people get into accidents every year and so many people get hurt in those accidents that the federal government should be doing more to stop accidents like those. I think that the federal government has the job to try to protect people and should be doing more to ban and stop people from doing other things while they are driving so everyone would be safer.

  24. I don’t think that it is the federal governments job to get people to focus on driving. If people want to be stupid and risk their life driving then that is there fault. However there is a chance that these people could injure people who do nothing wrong so that should be considered. I still think that the federal government has bigger issues.

  25. The government could be doing more to keep us from distracted driving, but it’s not like it’s going to stop us. It’s well known that drunk driving is illegal, but there are still mass numbers of people that do so. Texting while driving is even harder to stop because you can just conceal your phone, and with the average text taking 4 seconds, the phone would probably hardly be seen. To prevent the distracted driving, the government could put up more of those speed meters on the roads [in case of a speeder] or station more cops out next to the roads.

  26. I think that they should do more. They should do more so they can keep people from death and they can keep people from ruining families.

  27. I think they should because people are dying out there. They need to make sure people have their eyes on the road at all time. And people need to shape up and follow the law or else they might end up dying and it’s non of the government’s fault. It is their fault because they didn’t obey the law.

  28. Yes, I think the federal government should do more to prevent distracted driving, because it is a major safety issue. Texting while driving should be outlawed in all states. Lot’s of people text while they drive, though, even if it’s against the law. So, they should try to do something about that.

  29. I think that the government should do more to prevent distracted driving because so many people die in those types of situations every year, even every day. I am not sure on what the government should do, but they should do something. Also people do many things while driving that don’t seem to be a big deal, but are.

  30. I do believe the government should do more to reduce the number of crashes involving distracted drivers. I think that in the end, it will be the power of the people to change there habits. I can relate because as i begin to drive i am becoming more aware of how distracted driving can be dangerous.

  31. I think that they should do more to stop distracted driving. So many people get in car accidents over a text or just a simple distraction. Just a slight second you look away from the wheel could change everything. A text takes at least 4 seconds and just 2 seconds can kill you.

  32. I think they should control it a lot more than they do. The only way I would think they would be able to would to raise the price of tickets. But more than likely that wouldn’t work.

    • They should raise the price of tickets but the police officers don’t even pay that much attention to what people are doing while their driving.

  33. I would say yes because with all of the laws they put up, people still die from texting and driving. But even though the law was passed, people still do it because they think nothing will go wrong if they just quickly reply. But the quick reply takes too long and then they end up in an ambulance going to the hospital.

  34. I think that the federal government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. I think this because there are hundreds of accidents every year caused by distracted driving. Most of these are caused by use of a cell phone while driving. Though several states have banded using phones while your driving I think that the federal government should ban it in the whole country. Every one would be safer if they did.

  35. I do think the government should be doing more to stop distractions on the road. They should at least make it illegal to text while driving. Though I don’t think that talking on the phone it too much of a distraction anymore since some new cars actually have a telephone built inside the car. Even if they don’t have this I think that talking isn’t much of a problem.

  36. I think that they need to do more. I think they need more laws. I also think that they can do other things.

  37. Yes the government should be doing all they can do to stop them from texting or getting distracted while driving. Because most people won’t stop until something bad happens to them or something bad happens to someone that they are close to.

  38. To be honest the federal government could do as many things as they want to try to get less distractions in the car but that doesnt mean that anyone will pay attention. I know people that still text and drive and just like use there phone in the car even though its a law now that you cannot.

  39. I feel that they have done enough to prevent distraction driving. We have laws against it in many states, but i think it should be a law in the whole U.S.There is not much more they could do.

  40. i don’t see how then can stop it when they cant even tell if people are wearing there set belt but i do think they should be more harsh about it and make more laws to go with it and if some one was caught they should get a BIG! fine

  41. Yes, I think texting and talking on the phone while driving should be banned. The only reason you should be doing these is in an emergency. If that many people are dying because of it, something needs to be done.

  42. the government should do more than just ban texting and driving, they should at least put a bill that adds a ticket to the cost for text’s wile driving.

  43. I think that the government should step in and do more to prevent distracted driving. It is terrible that so many people get into accidents because they can’t wait to text until after they are done driving. If the government doesn’t step in then it will just continue to get worse.

  44. I think that the government should do more to try and stop texting while driving but just because they do that does not mean that it will stop.

  45. The Federal Government should be doing more about distracted driving. I think that because it could help decrease the number of deaths each year from distracted driving. They could help pass more laws that would stop people from being distracted while driving a vehicle. I think that the more laws passed about distracted driving will help prevent many deaths.

  46. I think they should try to do more in preventing distracted driving but I’m not sure what else they can do because some states have already ban texting while driving but i don’t what else they can do. But if they can help they should.

  47. I think that the government should do more to try to prevent distracted. A lot of people are injured in accidents due to people texting or talking on the phone while driving. Most of the people that are injured or killed from distracted driving are teenagers. Their should more laws in place about not being able to use your phone while driving.

    • what if they stop teens from using their phones. That way the more experienced drivers can still use them. also it wont cost use the tax payers more money.

  48. I think that we should in strict more rules on safe driving because if you are driving while texting, its your fault. But if you injure or kills someone because you were texting you should have to take full responsibility for that. Texting or doing anything distracting while driving is bad and should not happen so much.

  49. Yes, the Federal Government should be doing more to prevent distracting driving. Some states say you can’t make a hands on call while driving while others don’t. I think that nobody should die because somebody couldn’t wait to respond to a text. Way to many people die because of distracted driving and it’s all something that could be prevented.

  50. Yes I think that The Government should put more restrictions on distracted driving. This will make the road a lot safer to drive on and will bring the death rate down. I think that it will make more people pay attention to driving and cause road accidents to go down also.

  51. Yes, i think the government should be doing some thing about distracted drivers. But there isn’t much that they could do. They can’t make sure EVERYONE doesn’t text while driving or talk. It’s just not possible. If the government could prevent distractions, i think it would lead to less accidents.

  52. Yes, for safety issues only!! We harm areslefs while texting and driving.

  53. i think that they should be doing something but its hard to tell if someone is txting on the road or if they are even on the phone.

  54. i think they are. They are trying to make the road safe but i think they have too many restrictions on teen drivers.

  55. Yes! of course! Any type of distracting driving is UN-acceptable! They should make laws about texting calling and watching t.v listening to music if your driving.

  56. Yes, there are a lot of people that die every year because of distracted driving. I had a friend die in a car accident.

  57. I guess they should but how would they do that? They can’t control every person and see what they have in their car. I don’t see how they could prevent distracted driving.

  58. yes there should be something to do about the distracted drivers because it Leeds to lots of crashes and deaths every year

  59. Yes i do think that the government should be doing a lot more about distractions while driving. So many people get hurt or killed because of this. Like by texting or talking on the phone or just simply getting distracted. They need to do something different to make sure those types of things stop happening, Because if the number of car accidents don’t decrease they need to make sure they do something different to prevent it from happening as much.

  60. yes the government should do more to protect distracting driving. For the reason of the distracted driver does not only have the ability to hurt themselves but to hurt other innocent drivers to. so you should not be able to text or talk on the phone get blue tooth in all the cars. well Mr. moore needs to get on my level.

  61. yes and no, yes because driving is the most dangers thing you can do, so there shod be less things to take your mind off it, the better. no, the government shod not go yen farther because not everybody is doing stupid.

  62. Yes, I think that the federal government should be doing more to prevent distractions for drivers while driving. The reason to why I think this is because the outcomes of becoming distracted with something and concentrating on another another thing other than the road usually comes out to be a negative situation.

  63. I think that the government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. The government should be doing more to prevent it because a lot of people are getting hurt and even killed. Distracted driving also affects others on the road. The government should make more serious laws against distracted driving to prevent people from getting hurt.

  64. i dont think there’s much they can do about it the only thing ive seen them do was pass a law that being on your phone while driving is illeagle but cops don’t crack down hard enough and nobodys gonna listen

  65. I think the government shouldn’t really do anything because if the government made rules, probably 90% of the people wouldn’t follow them. People aren’t going to stop texting while driving. If they want to then that’s fine, they are putting their lives at risk. So it wouldn’t really matter if the government made more laws.

  66. I think they should come up with new technology to prevent that. Voice activated cars, and other stuff. It could be illegal to distract a driver, but I think that’s just pushing it too far. It’s not like they can stop all of the car accidents from happening, nothing will be perfect. They just need to let it be what it is.

  67. I think that the government should do more to prevent distracted driving, because there are just too many distracted drivers that cause crashes. i think it was really smart that the government already banned texting and driving. They still should do more.

  68. Yes the government should be doing more on distracted driving prevention. Because distracted drivers cause a lot of deaths not to just themselves, but to other people to. Some ways on how to prevent distracted driving is to have more patrol on roads or make it so that there are more of a harsh punishment to distracted drivers.

  69. I think the federal government could do more to prevent distracted driving, although I think no matter what they do there will always be people who drive carelessly. I think more laws requesting full attention on the road as well as things to show what would happen if they drove distracted would prove to people how they are potentially setting themselves as well as others up for death. Therefore, if they are going to go ahead and make laws they need to follow through with them and make them serious. Unlike the texting while driving law which no one ever gets in trouble for.

  70. I think that the government should do more. I think that drivers should learn to become less distracted or there will be penalties, such as a fine, getting your license taken away, or going to prison. It is important that drivers themselves should know not to be distracted while behind the wheel. I have seen many aftermaths of car accidents because the driver was distracted, and it isn’t always pretty seeing that.

  71. They’re already doing everything they can, what else are they going to do besides put cameras in everyones car and watch them until they get distracted and then tell them to get off the road?

  72. I feel that the government should do more to stop texting and driving. They should give the states grants to empower them to enforce the rules of no texting and driving. They should also make it a Federal offense to text and drive for it endangers others.

  73. I think they should be doing more to end it. a reason is many people dont realize that when they are distracted that it endangers them and everyone around them. I think all the states and country’s should banned texting and talking on the phone on the roads.

  74. I think they should do a little more about distracted driving. They should only let us talk on the phone with a sync or Bluetooth because you can still focus on driving while you are doing this. This would help a little but you aren’t going to have people completely focused on driving, there will be distractions and crashes so you can try to limit it but it is not going to totally help.

  75. Personally I think the Federal government should be doing more to prevent distractions while driving. I think this because the majority of car crashes that happen involve distractions. If we just had a overall law that said NO cell phones while driving, it would make everything better and save more lives. I think this one law would help a lot. Only 35 states have a no-texting while driving law. There should be 50 states with no texting while driving.

    • i totally agree, you must of put alot of thought into this blog

    • So if we want to get rid of a certain behavior we should just ban it and it will magically disappear.

      Like the use of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroine.
      Like underage drinking.
      The buying and selling of illegal guns.

      My point is that banning something does not mean it will go away, maybe we should think a little harder about how to battle this issue.

  76. I do think that the government should do more to prevent distracted driving because it only takes the littlest things to get distracted. CNN said that only 39 states have banned texting while driving. I think all of the states should ban it. I also heard that talking on the phone is almost worst than texting while driving, so i think that some states should ban that.

  77. The dogs name was Fido. He was with a duck a and they were just hanging out, but then the duck tried to eat his food so Fido took his food and walked away. The duck went and drank some water. The duck came back and sneak attacked Fido, but Fido jumped up, grabbed his food and left again.

  78. i think that the government needs to do more to prevent distracted driving. If your doing anything that will distract you it wont just possibly hurt you, it can hurt or even kill other innocent people. i think that the government should make a no texting while driving law in all states and a law that you can only talk on the phone if its hands free.

  79. I think that the Federal Government are doing almost all they can for driving and distractions. There are some things that they can’t prevent, and they need to realize that. I also think that the driver is responsible for most of the distractions and they need to keep that into consideration also.

  80. yes i do think that the government and the secretory of transportation should do more to prevent distracted driving because a lot of teens and grown ups are texting and talking on the phone and most of them get into accidents and it can decrease the population and have people get injured and i mean that gives people like insurance companies more action but they still should prevent distractions during driving

  81. I think the government should do more to prevent distracting driving. If the government were to do this we could save my lives in this world. Lots of deaths are caused by car accidents.

  82. yes the government should do more to stop distracted driving. all states should ban texting while driving not just 32 states. if someone gets in an accident while being distracted it should be a really big fine.

  83. I think that the government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. There are many people who text and drive but don’t have any consequences at all. Cops should be more persistent on pulling over these drivers.

  84. The government should be acting with haste to prevent people from crashing by texting. They could ban texting from all the states in the U.S. They really should put the ban in Michigan.

  85. I don’t think that you really can do anymore. You can make all the rules you want, but that doesn’t mean that people will follow them. People will still text and talk on the phone and do distracting things while driving. The number of accidents might go down a little bit, but it probably will wont change much. People just don’t care.

    • I totally agree with this. It’s like, people do what they want and when they want. It’s not like you can put cameras in their cars to make sure they don’t do it.

  86. Yes i think that the government should do more about people that get distracted while driving. Because it’s dangerous, and a lot of people get in accidents because of it.

  87. I think the government should do more to prevent car crashes. Many people die each year from things like texting and eating while driving. Simple laws that prevent you from doing these kinds of things could save many lives.

  88. they should do that. my mom sad don’t answer my phone but she dost too. i hat it when adults tall me don’t do this, don’t eat that but they do it anyway. :p

  89. the Government should do more to help prevent distractions because then less people would die and everyone would be safer:)

  90. Yes I do believe that the federal government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. If they don’t then the number of deaths and injury’s will go up and more people would die. All of the distractions like talking on the phone, texting, playing with the radio station, could cause an accident and then someones life ends up in danger and they could possibly die.

  91. i think the government is dong fine by banning texting. i think that talking on the fone is ok if it is a hands free. i think that the government shouldnt go to far and take away alot of our rights.

  92. They should be doing a lot more. The federal government should try to set up a law taking away cell phones. But if they take away cell phones, people can’t make the phone calls that they need to have done. They should try to make a law saying that texting should not be allowed.

  93. I think that the government could do more things to stop distracted driving, like make sure that you cant text while driving, in every state. So no one can do it, they can also make bigger punishments if your caught doing it, to make sure that you wont do it again.

  94. i believe that they should do something about distracted driving. people should not be able to text and drive at the same time. it is too big of a distraction for drivers.

    • i agree that it is a big distraction to drivers, and they need to do more to stop distracted driving, so there are less accidents, and deaths.

  95. I think even if they do that it wont really change anything. They already banned texting and driving but people still do that. I think we should do more about it though. Just because your not getting distracted doesnt mean the people around arent.

  96. I think that all the laws about distracted driving are good. they are there to keep people safe even when they think they are, someone who’s on the phone or texting might not be watching and hit into you.

  97. Yes, I think the federal government should do more to prevent distracted driving. Distracted driving no only puts you in danger, but it puts everyone else around you in danger.

  98. I think that the government should do more. I think that the police should look a little harder for distracted drivers. When the police does find a distracted driver they should give them a ticket. I also think that some technology in the future could help find distracted drivers.

  99. I think that we should not be able to text or talk on a device that causes you to use your hands. Bluetooth or On-star is good, but holding a phone takes attention away from the road.

  100. yes because if they dont do anything about it then people will keep doing it

  101. they should do a lot more to stop it. by doing so most people wont lesson and those who dont lesson will crash band be a lesson to others hopefully.

  102. I think that the government should be trying to prevent more distractions while driving, there are to many distractions and that’s why there are so many accidents. I also think that if they tried to prevent distractions such as texting or talking on the phone while driving, there would be less accidents and deaths on the road.

  103. Yes, I think the Federal Government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. If someone is driving distracted and they crash and kill someone else, that’s not fair to the dead guy. So for the safety of others, the government needs to do more.

  104. yes, i think the government should do more to prevent crashes. If the government does more to prevent accidents than there wont be as many deaths a year.

  105. I do believe that they should because more and more people are getting in accidents due to stupid things while driving. Ex. texting, eating, listen or changing music, and i have seen a lot of time women putting on make-up. But the most accidents are do to cell phones I think the government should make high traffic areas a dead zone for phones useless, unless to contact emergency response services.

  106. I think the federal government in MI already banded texting and i don’t think they should band anymore . In drivers they give you a drink so you can have more experiences handling something when driving so i don’t think it’s necessary to band other stuff like talking on the phone. So I think the government shouldn’t put more laws on driving.

  107. I think if they can find a way then yeah i think they should. But honestly i don’t think that they can do much to help this. Maybe if they find a way to disable txting wen you start your car or something in the future. But untill then i don’t think they can do much to help with this topic besides just giving people advice and letting them know its dangerous.

  108. Although texting while driving is one of the major components of distracted driving, it is not the only one. Distracted driving can come from other people being in the car and talking to each other or the driver. While the government can put laws on texting while driving, they can’t fix all problems of distracted driving because people under the age of sixteen or those who cannot drive need to be passengers. So there isn’t much that the government can do to prevent these types of distracted driving.

  109. I think that the government needs to do more by preventing distracted driving because so many people are getting killed from it. All states should have the law that all states can not text during driving. The government needs to enforce the law even more than they already do because so many people are still texting on the road and causing people to die.

  110. No, in my opinion they are doing the most that they can do. I think this because its not that the law isn’t enforced, its that people aren’t following the law. I think that’s the real problem.

  111. The federal government should do more to prevent distracted driving. Innocent people die every day because of distracted drivers. I think that more states should make it illegal to text well driving. Some people would probably protest but it would be worth it to save people from distracted drivers.

  112. i dont think that they should be more strick about it
    because if you do drive and text it will be your falt and
    if you get hurt you will just be hurting yourself and for
    the people than fowol the rules you would be punishing them for nothing.

  113. I think the Federal government should be doing more because the people that are getting distracted are killing innocent people. it will out people out of danger, the people getting distracted don’t realize it and maybe the people that are will realize what there doing. Some people aren’t going to care but when they die they might.

  114. Yes, I believe that the government should do more to prevent distracted driving. People still text while driving in Michigan. And they still get into accidents. i can’t say that the government should make it a law that cell phones can’t be used while driving, but that wouldn’t be fair to the people.

  115. I think the government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. Distracted driving is the one of the main reasons for car crashed. If we limit texting than we will have a lot less crashes. And if people try to text that should be fined with like a ticket and stuff. I know this is already a law in many states but I think it should be a law for the whole country.

  116. I think that they should do a lot more with the distracted driving. So many people are dying and getting in injured that you would think they would have made texting while driving and all of the fancy car technology illegal earlier.

  117. I think that the federal government should do more for the distractions while driving, like ban all texting while driving. Most people can probably text and drive, but their is some that have a hard time or they are paying attention to their phones instead of the road. It won’t kill you if you wait until you are stopped to text someone back.

  118. the government should have control over the driving of people. they have the right because the people are injuring or killing other people. so they can put these laws to save peoples lives.

  119. Ii think the federal government should be doing more about distracted driving because their are so many things that can distract people while they’re driving like phones, music, other drivers, and many others. Even billboards add to the distraction because even if you look away from the road for only a few seconds that could still start and accident. Maybe the federal government could make a ban on advertising billboards on the side of the highway or they could take the internet out of some of the more high tech cars to cause less distraction.

  120. I think that they should. They have already started to limit what we can do behind the wheel. Making it illegal to text and drive is a start but i think they they should do more. Like no making calls, even if they are not handheld.

  121. It is not the federal government’s job to crack down on distracted driving. I think it’s good they’re offering incentives to the states so that the states will pass laws to ban texting and driving. I don’t think the fed. government needs to do anymore, they’re doing as much as they can by offering the states money.

  122. Yes i think that the Federal Government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. Because with just one text one could danger the life of not only themselves but everyone else on the road. Because if they get distracted then they could crash into another car on the road. Especially with all the new kinds of phones that are being produced like touch. Young people think that it would be faster to touch the screen instead of the open the typical phone and using both hands to text. When really if your eyes are off the road even for a second to use text with even one hand you could get in an accident. There are many other ways that one could get distracted behind the wheel but in today’s youth there is more teens driving and texting.

  123. I think the federal government should be doing alot more to stop this from happening. like they need to put something in the car to make your cell phone not get a signal and make the phones not to work, unless it was an emergency. Also they should make all states banned from using there phone in there car.

  124. I think that the Federal Government should be able to prevent distracted driving because people who text while driving is not only endangering the lives of the people around them but there own life as well. There are too many car accidents due to people who get distracted while driving. So I hope that the Federal Government can do something about the people who get distracted by like using a phone or texting while driving.

  125. I think that the government doesn’t need to do much more. They already banned texting and driving. I think calling should be aloud just in case someone were to call you because of an emergency.

  126. I think the government should be doing more to try and prevent distractions on the road. When someone is on the road and are busy using there phone, or some other odd distraction, they are endangering themselves and others on the road. I dont think they realize that at anytime, they could be in an accident. I think the government should try and do more with banning the texting law, I know its illegal in most places but I still see people texting on the road, which is obviously unsafe. But i dont think that calling or having a cell phones at all should be banned, because there could be an emergency.

  127. The government should be doing a lot more to stop distracted driving. Texting or doing anything else while driving can harm you personally and everyone around you. All states should ban distracted driving to keep everyone in the community safe.

  128. I think that the government should be trying to prevent more distractions while driving. I think that if they tried to prevent distractions such as texting or talking on the phone while driving, there would be less accidents and deaths on the road.

  129. I think that the government should try to get rid of the big distractions that don’t really do anything for the person their self. Cars come with a lot of new features that can easily distract people. But even if you start banning things, it does not mean that it will go away for good.

  130. I think that the government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving because there are so many people getting killed or injured. Their deaths are preventable and I think that government should put more effort in to stop it. The people also need to step up and stop so then they won’t hurt anyone.

  131. I believe that the federal government can’t do anything else. They already made it illegal to text while driving in some states, so if they could possibly do anything they could ban it in all states. but i am almost positive that everyone texts and drives at some point still. It’s the drivers responsibility to put themselves first and keep safe.

  132. I think that they should be at least trying to prevent it.I think that they can do more like also ban talking on the phone while driving not just texting because that could also cause a distraction that could end up causing an accident.I think that while people are driving their attention should only be on the road and not on their phone’s.

  133. Yes. The government should do more to prevent distracted driving, and one of the ways they could do that, is to give the big car companies money so that they can build a car that drives itself safely. Not everyone has the money to buy a new, expensive, car, but in in the mean time, before everyone does have one of the cars that drive themselves, the government can make and enforce laws that prevent distracted driving.

  134. i think that people should not be texting but ever thing like calling or taking to your car should not be botherd with i think that lots of people a stupid when they git in a car and i think that is more of a problum when it comes to driving

  135. I think that they should do more to stop distracted driving because no one wants to get in a car and worry about getting hit by a distracted driver. I think that if they put more of effort into stopping distracted driving then the roads would be safer. I also think that the passengers should avoid talking to the drivers because it can irritated them and then they become distracted.

  136. I think that the government should absolutely help get rid of the idiots who text and drive. When people drink or text and drive it messes up their reaction time by a lot so the slightest thing takes longer for the person to take in and react to. And if your stupid enough to text your not just risking your life but if you hit some one you could really mess the other person up too. I thing that the states should have a zero tolerance policy towards people who text and drive and if they get caught doing such an act they should lose their license

  137. Yes, i think that the government should take stronger actions on distracted driving. This is because thousands of people die each year due to a little distraction. Also it will make the road much safer because people will be aware of their surroundings, rather than a text message from a friend.

  138. Yes, they should do a lot more about it. Obviously they don’t always know when someone is texting or distracted when driving so they have to try harder to get people to realize what they are doing can hurt and kill other people and themselves.

  139. Yes, the government should be pushing distracted driving more. Even though it is a law to text and drive, people still do it because not many will get pulled over because it is hard to get caught. I think they need to make the consequences for distracted driving more severe. People might change their minds and pay attention to the road and their surroundings if they have a higher and greater consequence for doing it.

  140. They should limit distracted driving, but it would be hard. How would the gov. limit this, unless they come up with technology or take peoples phone. It would be a massive challenge to limit this, but they should limit distracted driving.

  141. I think that the federal government should be doing more to stop distracted driving. Having distractions when you are driving could cause someone to hurt themselves or many others. There is a University in Iowa that had built a machine that makes you feel like you are in a car and tracks everything that you do so that they can see what causes crashes and accidents. Having this research done will help the people who can do something about distracted driving make the roads and even safer place for people to be.

  142. To be honest i don’t know if there is much they can do anymore. They have done a lot, making laws about no texting some even about being on the phone. But if you get down to it, a ticket from the cop or a accident isn’t gonna stop the people, its the people who have to stop each other. It seems that no matter what the government will do, everyone is gonna be a rebel and disobey because technology is important to everyone, same with keeping in contact.

    • Yeah I agree! The people need to be the ones to make the change. My parents always say, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.” meaning the they have to make the choice.

  143. Yes I think that they should do a lot more. There’s been so many crashes happening from people getting distracted. I think all states should make it a law that they can’t text while driving, when your texting you don’t pay attention to the road so yes they should do something about this.

  144. the government can try to prevent distracted driving but no guarantee. people won’t listen very well because sometimes it could be important. people are still going to text or talk while driving it’s instinct.

  145. I kind of think that they should but i don’t know what else they could do. A lot of states have already banned texting while behind the wheel and talking behind the wheel. All police do is pull someone over. So i do think they should do more things to prevent accidents from texting and driving.

  146. Yes, they should be doing more to prevent distracted driving because more and more people are driving now and that is more distractions and more people to die. if we cut the distractions, then there will be less fatalities and more safe driving. it is mostly the younger kids that like to text behind the wheel and kill all of the other innocent people.

  147. I think that the government should be doing a lot more to prevent distractions especially texting while driving. It is very dangerous and put yourself and other people in danger. They should at least put there phone on silent, turn it off, or put it somewhere they can’t reach.

  148. I think that the government should do more to stop texting and driving or just technology in general being in cars. Cell phones are a huge distraction, they should get a hook up that allows you to just text by talking into your car and it would send the message you are trying to get across.

    • Well you are partly right with what you are saying. They have already banned texting in 36 states in the U.S. and people are still continuing to do it. And just because the technology has gotten better doesn’t mean that someone can just be able to figure out a system that would make that happen.

    • I think that they have already made a device like that but that will just end up distracting them more.

  149. I think they should be. Distracted drivers need to pay more attention to the road other than the distractions. Cellphones should be out of hands at all times when the car is on the road even at a stop sign. Stopping texting calling and anything to distract you from driving needs to be banded.

  150. I don’t think the federal government could do anything about distracted driving. They could make laws and ban texting, but that probably wouldn’t do anything. People would still do it.

  151. I think they should because more and more deaths happen a year because of distracted driving. Also doing this it would reduce deaths and injuries.

  152. Yes, because if they do more to prevent it they can stop all the crashes that we have from distracted driving, and they can lower the deaths people have from distracted driving as well.

  153. I believe that people shouldn’t use their phones while driving, but I don’t believe that we should do anything about it. We don’t have the money, and it’s just not that big of a problem that we would need to spend a lot of money to fix it. If it grows in numbers, I may consider supporting the idea.

  154. yes i do think that the gov should be trying to eliminate texting and driving because it is there people that are getting hurt

  155. i think that the federal government should talk to car companies to discuss what can be put in new cars to block cell phone signals that are coming from inside the car or have something else installed.another idea is, the federal government should make a law that the drivers phone has to be turned off when they are driving. another idea is that, the driver should take their phone out of their pocket before getting in the car and put it somewhere that it wont be distracting.

  156. Yes, i think that the government should be doing a lot more about distractions while driving. So many people get hurt or killed because of this. Like by texting or talking on the phone or just simply getting distracted. They need to do something different to make sure those types of things stop happening, Because if the number of car accidents don’t decrease they need to make sure they do something different to prevent it from happening.

  157. yes, i think they should be doing more because people die every day texting and reading books on there phone and kinldes.

  158. No, the government should not have much involvement in this subject. Laws that have been established that exile specific classifications of “distracted driving” should be upheld, however, because it is in the governments hands to uphold the law. But it is an individual’s decision to prioritize the desire for inappropriate, preventable distractions over their own well-being.

  159. What can the government do about it. Its the persons fault if they get in a crash,so its there choice if they want to answer a call or a text. I think that banning texting while driving wouldn’t really work, because people would make up excuses like its an emergency.

  160. Yes the government should be doing a lot more about distracted driving. People being distracted behind the wheel kills people if it’s a bad accident. This shouldn’t bother most people because if they are taking away all the distractions people may have, then that will slim your chances of getting into a accident, that will also save you money when people have to fix the car. I think that to solve this problem, texting should be banned and to talk on a phone, it has to be on speaker on your lap.

  161. I think the government should place laws under distracted driving. It causes a ton of accidents and kills/injures people everyday. The police should ticket people like A hundo if they are caught distracted driving. If it were illegal, it could save lives.

    • Hundo haha. Yeah, I agree, many people are dying from this texting and driving and it should stop soon. It would cause less accidents and have more people focus on roads.

    • Sometimes you can’t help the distraction though.I would understand if it was a cell-phone, but what if you saw a deer in the middle of the road?That’s not your fault and you couldn’t have done anything to control that.

  162. I think that the government should do more to crack down on distracted drivers but it is challenging to do because there is next to no plausible way to enforce laws against distracted driving. I think that the only way to really make something work would be to team up with the private cell phone companies and car makers and somehow develop something to prevent a phone working while in a car. Many cars now days have software such as SYNC that try to cut down the distractions and maybe that technology should be standard on cars within the next few years. Until then, it is our responsibility not to text and drive.

  163. I think that texting while driving should be banned for the simple fact that not everyone can text and drive. Personally, I don’t have a hard time texting while driving and I can still see the road clearly, but it wouldn’t kill me if I couldn’t text while driving. But, I think that phone calls are important to keep because sometimes we need to call someone to figure where we’re going or things like that.

  164. Yes , I believe if the Federal Government does something about destractive driving that there would be less accidents in the world and people would feel safe on the roads and there would not be a lot of drunk drivers on the road to put other people in the danger. I think texting why driving is terrible and it can wait until after you are driving texting is not a need it is a want and if it involves business that the worker can wait until they are at a stop light to check there message. They must not realize they are putting millions of life’s in danger by one little thing. I think it is a dangerous thing to do and to be honest i think that people should not even be talking on the phone why they are driving because that is also dangerous but it is there choice and they are the ones who are putting them selfs and other in danger and the risk of death.

  165. they should be doing more because the safety of the people the govern is top priority over everything in my mind. people don’t see that when you are distracted you are playing with luck if you aren’t lucky which is rare you hit and possibly kill others or yourself. if you are lucky you wont die but i doubt that anything close to a distraction is going to pull you off the side of the road or into another car. the federal government needs to step up and stop leaving people’s lives at chance.

  166. i think that the government should do tons more to stop distracted driving. any form of distraction should be eliminated for the safety of all of the people in the road. in you are driving distracted you are putting everybody on the road in danger!

  167. It may be the person’s choice to text while driving but it doesn’t just affect them, it also affects the person that they could get into a crash with!

  168. Yes, i do think that they should be doing more. Because if the death rate keeps growing because of this, then we need to do more to make this stop. I think that it is amazing how many people die, or get killed because of this.

  169. I think the Federal government should be doing more to prevent distractions while driving. I think this because there is way to many car crashes that have involved distractions! If we just had a overall law that said NO cell phones while driving everything would be okay, at least much better. I think this one law would help a lot. Only 35 states have a no-texting while driving law. There should be 50 states with no texting while driving.

  170. i think that the states should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. it is a serious problem and it not only effects you and your safety, what if you have kids in you good ol’ minivan of yours. what about the youngens in the other car that you hit. how would you feel if you just crushed a 8 year olds dream of becoming a circus performer by hitting them with your car and making him a quadriplegic.

  171. yes people are still going to do other things to distract them while they are driving like texting, playing games, calling or eating any of those are distracting driving and the government arnt really doing anything to stop it.

  172. This is a big issue that has been going around the country for a while now. This issue is really up to the driver. I say this because if they want to risk getting hit by a car then they can text all they want. My point is, there are far too many distractions nowadays, so yeah, I think the government should take a little bit more action on this.

    • As you say this issue is up to the driver, what about the other innocent people on the road? They are doing nothing wrong and could be killed because of that one person not paying attention and texting.

  173. i do think that they should be more to stop it. I’ve seen my parents get distracted by allot of things. thousands of people are being killed because of this and it doesn’t seem like there doing very much to stop it.

  174. Should the Federal Government be doing more to prevent distracted driving? Why or Why not? well, Im guessing its going to take a whole lot of taxpayers dollars so no, Its not something im really worried about and there is not a whole lot you can do. Why cant we concentrate on things that are more important????? You are barking up the wrong tree.

  175. Yes, the government needs to do more about distracted driving. There are so many deaths and accidents that take place on the road due to it. If you think about it is it worth just sending that one text and die or just not texting at all and staying safe. With the technology we have now there has to be a way to be able to shut somebodies phone off automatically when they behind the wheel.

  176. I think the government should do more about distracting driving because many people die from distracting driving and people who are not distracted. I think that texting while driving should be banned in all states because you can get too distracted while texting because your taking your eyes of the road to check a text.

  177. There are a lot of people who try to do things while driving. What you should be doing is watching the road. The other day I was driving with my mom and we watched as someone on the phone drove straight through a stop sign. I believe they should do more to prevent distracted driving so that nobody else has to die because of a simple text saying “k” or “where r u”.

  178. Ya i do think the government should do more to stop detracted driving. because if less people are dead the better the world would be. Also one of those people killed in the accident could find the cure for cancer or something like that.

  179. I think the federal government could do more to prevent distracted driving because so many people are getting into automobile accidents because they’re not paying attention to the road because they are distracted with their phones or the technology in their car.

  180. Should the Federal Government be doing more to prevent distracted driving? I don’t really care. Why or Why not? I don’t have a license, this wouldn’t effect me. There’s no way I could answer this question when I’m not a driver myself. If I was I’d probably say i don’t really care, texts and calls can wait.

  181. I honestly dont think that if you put more laws on texting and driving or whatever other things they plan on doing its not gonna make a difference. Some people have distractions in there day to day life. Like my Uncle Chuck he works for the fire department and hes got that dumb beeper thing that goes off when ever they get a call and as soon as he gets it he has to leave. The one day he was going out to dinner with his wife and he got a “beep” right in the middle of driving he had to take his wife home and get right to work. I just think it depends on the person and how well they handle the distraction. Some people are more jumpy then others so if they see something there reaction to the distraction will be different.

    • I agree Paige…outlawing something doesn’t always mean that it will just magically disappear. A great example of this is marijuana.

      • Was connecting me with marijuana?….

        • No…my point is that just because something is illegal does not mean it will go away. We have lots of things that are illegal in this country that happen on a daily basis, including the use of illegal drugs and illegal activities.

          There are other ways to get rid of things besides banning them.

          • Okay…just making sure…and yeah people still do things all the time just like they say talking on the phone and driving is bad….but yet they have the walkie talky things in buses and semis that require them to be held and talked into

  182. I think the government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. Thousands of deaths are caused by this each year, but it could be prevented by simple laws and enforcement. The government should have it be illegal to text and drive throughout the entire country, instead of just some states.

  183. i think that they should let car makers put the computer type things the cars because that can really take the drivers eyes off of the road. also i think its good that a lot of the states band texting when people are driving. any thing that causes or makes the drives not look at the road is not good to have in a car.

  184. yes i do think the government should do something about distracting driving the reason is that its there people there loosing by this and they should be doing stuff to protect us.

  185. I definitely think the government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving! It is a huge problem today especially because of texting. The statistics are unbelievable. Careless situations like these put innocent lives on the line. Texting while driving should be against the law in every state because it is just too dangerous. You first concern should be whats going on on the road. You can wait to text until your out of the car, it’s possible to live without it for a while! Distracted driving is just too dangerous to be taken lightly.

    • i agree because so people get in crashes because of texting in their cars.

    • I completely agree, people aren’t taking responsibility for what they’re doing while they are driving and the government needs to do something about it. No one in this country should be able to get away with distracted driving.

  186. I don’t think the federal government could do that much to prevent because there is to many people doing it. like people who eat in the car government cant just tell them they cant eat. But i think they should try to do more about it.

  187. Yes, I think the government should be more strict when it comes to preventing distracted driving. So many people text while driving or talk on the phone, killing themselves or even others. If by looking at one text for two seconds can cause you to swerve, then why not create a law prohibiting it. If the text is that important, the driver can pull over and read it. I think every state and every country should have a law against using your phone while driving.

  188. i think that they should because many people are crashing because of distractions. i think they should banned being able to talk on the phone with the phone in you hand they should make it so the calls have to be hand free with a Bluetooth in. they should pass a few more laws but they shouldn’t go overboard on all the banding

  189. I think the government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. By banning texting that will help to prevent a lot of crashes. People should just leave their phones on silent while they’re on the road driving.

  190. I think the should. But you never know, because yeah they will try. But people are still going to do that, because they will say “oh it won’t be me” or “it only takes like one second to look down.” Which, i will never do this. But other teenagers think that they are so smart that they can do that. The gov’t. can try all they want. But i still think that they are going to do it, i know that for a fact, i drive on the highway all the time & see people on the phone or texting. It is a really bad thing to do. But if they just once get into the crash, the person will realize that texting or talking on the phone really is bad.

    • I agree with you because I think that people won’t stop texting in their cars and the people who get into accidents are the ones who think it won’t be them.

  191. I think there should be more laws and incentives for people to stop texting and participating in other distractions while they drive. There are way too many lives lost and injuries caused by distracted driving. The government should make punishments more severe and make sure distractions are being monitored. People need to realize that distracted driving is a huge danger and issue that doesn’t only endanger themselves, but everyone else who’s on the road with them. The government needs to do something so that people get it through their heads just how important it is to stay focused while driving.

  192. I think the government should put in more effort to stop distracted driving. 9,000 people a year are being killed because of one little thing a driver had done, whether it be looking at a passenger for less than 2 seconds, texting, talking on the phone, and so on. It is so dangerous especially in this day in age with all the electronics we have that are able to distract us.

  193. The federal government shouldn’t have to do anything else its now up to the police force to crack down on it like they do to drunk driving. When I’m in a car with my parents I see so many people texting or talking on the phone and cop cars are just driving right by them.

  194. I think the Federal Government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving because almost 5,000 people died last year due to distracted driving. They should also be doing more because a lot more people could get injured or killed just by being distracted. If the federal government actually does something it would lower the percentage of people getting killed each year.

  195. Should the Federal Government be doing more to prevent distracted driving? Why or Why not?

    I feel the federal government should do more because its so deadly. With more and more teens coming onto the road, with all the technology now, it will be easily a big destraction. I know many people who will be and I feel that they should do more.

  196. I don’t think that the government should be doing more for this problem. They already have laws put in place against doing this and if someone continues to text while driving and break the law and get in an accident, then it’s their fault, not the governments. it’s the persons choice to do this and the government can’t really control every individual.

  197. I think they could do more. Distracted driving hasn’t really gone down that much sense some states have banned it. I think all states should ban it and make harsher punishments for people that do it because it is so dangerous.

  198. I think the government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. Thousands of people die a year in the world because of distracted drivers. If they do more things like no texting behind the wheel then they will save many lives.

  199. Yes, I think they should, because the steps they have taken haven’t been very effective. However, they need to be careful that they don’t pass some law that takes away our rights in the process.

  200. I think that the government should do more on safe driving. Because every year new technology is coming out that may tempt people to use while driving which could cause a lot more problems. In the first place it is ridiculous for someone to be texting while driving because it is not that important to risk your safety over a such a tiny thing.

  201. Well i think they are already doing as much as they can and i don’t know what other things they could do to prevent this. Because people are going to do it with a law or not! But i do know that some cars don’t allow you to use he touch screen while the car is in motion and cars now have menu’s right on the Drivers wheel which helps the driver from getting Distracted.

  202. I think the Federal Government is doing enough now. Its not just things like phones that distract us. It can be nature too. Are they gunna take THAT away? I think that banning texting is enough. Car Crashes happen. Not much you can do about them.

  203. yes i believe that they should be doing something more to prevent distracted driving. the reason for this is to make the streets safe.Someone distracted might kill someone on accident.

  204. I think the Government should. They aren’t doing enough if more and more drivers are getting in accidents, then they should crack down more

  205. I think the the government should do more about distracting driving. It caused thousands of deaths each year, that could have been prevented by simple laws and enforcement.

  206. I think that the federal government should support more forms of transportation other than the auto-industry. People will always be distracted when they are driving, so support more forms of safer travel to decrease the amount of accidents. We’re a society that is completely dependent on car that one day the entire world will look like New York City.

  207. Yes the government should be taking more action against distracted driving. It is a huge issue throughout the entire U.S. and harms people and innocent lives. The government needs to step up and do something about it like a federal law against doing anything distracting while driving. Otherwise people who are incompetent will continue to do harm to themselves and others by distracted drivers.

  208. I think they should make texting while driving illegal nationwide, not just in the states that texting is illegal in right now. I think they should just make any use of phones illegal as well. Calling or talking on the phone will distract you also. Other than those two things, i can’t think of any other distractions. Maybe they just need to make driver’s education harder so good teen drivers will be on the road.

  209. I think the government should be more strict on texting because people are getting killed or hurt because of talking on the phone or texting.

  210. I do not think the federal government should oversee control of driving safety. The ability to text or call while driving is a decision for the states, not the federal government. They can not make a national requirement to not text while driving, but could offer suggestions and ideas to the states. The states should do more to stop distracted driving, because too many people injure others at their own foolishness, and should be held responsible for injuries and death. This would also help insurance companies, because there are less accidents.

  211. I think that the government should maybe enforce a law that prevents texting and driving. But I think that if someone gets in a car crash and they were texting they should get a ticket. A lot of people would stop getting in crashes if they made a law.

  212. The Federal Government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving because it can kill people. Killing people while being distracted is just as bad as killing someone when you’re drunk. If someone gets jail time for one and not the other, that isn’t fair.

  213. I think that they should do more because new drivers are most likely to get into car crashes more often instead of older people. The police should give people who are distracted a fin for about 200 dollars. If people don’t start paying attention to the road more and more people are going to die and the death rate will go up rapidly.

  214. I think the Federal Government should do more to prevent people from distracted driving in the car. If people continue to be distracted in the car, there will be more accidents. And they may hurt others, not just themselves. And other people, who may not be a distracted driver, may die from someone else’s mistakes. Driving is already dangerous and others don’t need to pay the price.

  215. I really think that the government needs to enforce more laws that prevents distracted driving. We all know that if you drink and drive you face serious consequences but texting or being on your phone while driving isn’t any better than being drunk. The government could do more and make it illegal to be on your phone while driving in all states. A lot of people are killed and injured if someone is distracted while driving and the government has a chance to help reduce it. If people had consequences because they were on their phone while driving then they would be more careful when they drive.

  216. I believe that yes, they should be doing more, because when someone is distracted on the road not only are they endangering themselves, but they are also risking hurting other people, and other people should not have to pay the price of someone else’s stupidity. There is already enough danger on the road with new drivers every day, we don’t need experienced drivers endangering people too.

  217. I think the government should do more to stop distracted driving, but we have to ask ourselves how? They have already made texting illegal, and I do not think that merely talking on the phone distracts enough to cause crashes. I feel that they should not ban talking on the phone. So what else can they do? They could pay more attention to drivers to catch more of them texting, but that would take more police not doing their real jobs. They could create cameras that see people texting, but that costs a lot of money. The only other thing that I see the government could restrict would be the signs on the side of the road. I often find myself distracted by a cool billboard. The government could limit the amount of billboards allowed, but that would worsen the economy. This is a very tough situation

  218. yes i think that the government should be doing more against distracted driving because people aren’t really getting caught as much as they thought they would. When they passed the law of no texting while driving people thought that no one would catch them and they still do it. I think that they should band phones from even being in use while driving because you even get distracted when you are talking on them even though you are looking at the road .They have the systems in some cars when it’s hands free talking but in order to get that you have to press a button and call the person or click a button to receive a call which is the same a holding a phone to your ear because you are still talking to someone.

  219. I think that the government should be doing more to stop distracted driving. People don’t realize that when they do something while driving they can not only hurt themselves but the people around them. So i think that every single country and state should ban texting and talking on their phones while driving.

  220. I think that there should be more done about the distracted driving issue. There were a lot of people that died or were injured last year because of distracted driving, and it will only get higher if nothing is done.

  221. yes, i think the federal government should do more about distracted driving. No one should have to die over a text,or get seriously injured. I think even talking on the phone is a distraction. Also how they said it was illegal t text while driving people are still going to do it. Its just like drinking and driving.It is illegal,but people still do it.

  222. I don’t think the federal government should get involved. This is really a matter for the states to work on individually to try to solve. If the government tried to ban cellphones then they’d also have to ban putting on make-up or eating in the car to really truly prevent distracted driving.

  223. Yes i think that the federal government should take action against distracted driving. It is such a huge issue in the U.S. that the Feds should be extremely concerned about it , because it kills so many people including innocent lives. The government is meant to protect the people, so they need to step up and realize the issue as it is. The longer they wait the more incompetent people will die by distracted driving.

  224. I think the federal government really needs to work on ways to prevent distracted driving. Distracted driving is a big deal everywhere, and it can happen so easily. Texting and calling are usually the top causes of distracted driving, but even hands free devices distract people from whats going on on the road if they’re in a conversation.

  225. I believe that the government should do more but should not go as far as to get rid of talking on the phone while driving. I believe this because there are certain things that are not necessarily needed like doing makeup and stuff like that. But there are people who are always in the car like my dad. In the last two years he has driven 270,000 miles on one car. (it started out brand new). If he could not talk on the phone he would not be able to be productive and would loose his job.

    • I completely agree. A phone has become a large part of society and it would be hard to maintain a job and keep in touch with family if they aren’t allowed in cars. If your job requires talking to clients on the phone, then it is required to talk in the car. For example, if I sell cars and I am on the phone with a huge client who wants to buy a hundred corvettes, and I step into my car and the phone shuts off, I am screwed!!!! There goes my cash for the year and maybe my job.

  226. What can the government do about it. Its the persons fault if they get in a crash,so its there choice if they want to answer a call or a text. I think that banning texting while driving wouldn’t really work because people would make up excuses like its an emergency or something.

  227. I think the government should do more to stop distracted driving, they should still allow people to have their phones in thier car, but texting while driving should not be allowed.Also if there is a passenger in the car they could keep a second eye on the road if the driver gets distracted by something .

  228. Yes, I think that the federal government should to more to prevent distracted driving. There are alot of accidents and many of them are caused by distracted driving. People should many of the distractions they may have, like their phones, away where they don’t see them, so they don’t have the urge to use it.

  229. i think that they should just make the law of not texting and driving all over. But they should really be worrying about things that actually matter.

  230. Yes, I think the government should be doing a lot more to prevent distracted driving. It could save so many lives. People don’t realize when they text or aren’t paying attention to the road that they are just putting them self and others at risk for serious injuries, and you don’t want to die over one text or one phone call. It can wait.

  231. I do think that people should really just have the common sense to be smart on the roads and not be distracted with 10 other things. I think that people should have better technology to text and call people by saying something to the car. I believe if these kinds of technology was created there would be less accidents and more success in this on going dilemma.

  232. Should the Federal Government be doing more to prevent distracted driving? Why or Why not?

    I do believe that the federal government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving because I have been driving and I was almost hit by a car because he was texting, drinking a soda and driving. I do not think it is right either.

  233. I think they should. Before they go worrying about all the other countries and what’s happening over there, they need to worry about this country, and how it could be improved. The government needs to keep us safe, and safe driving should be enforced, but a limit is also, I think, drawn to how much they should protect us. Something bad could happen one day.. Anyway, for now, I think they need to push this law on all states.

  234. The Federal Government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving because as the technology continues to woo us, its going to distract us more. Some car companies are taking the responsibility by working on cars that will not go it you phone is out, others are working on software to turn the phone off.

    • They shouldn’t be able to turn your phone off. Some people need to be able to be on the phone while driving. My dad is on the phone constantly for work in his office. And his office is his car. Which in one day he took from Michigan to Wisconsin to Ohio and back home.

      • but its a hazard for other drivers, that is my point. if you don’t shut your phone off it might be a risk for others, so instead the car will do it for you!

      • I Agree. Some people NEED to talk on the Phone. Like say their family (ironically) just got into a car crash. They would need to know to get to the hospital!

  235. I think that the federal government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. I think this because of how many people have been injured or even killed by distracted driving. No one should lose their life over a text or phone call.

  236. yes, distracted driving is man slaughter, adn most of the time that a distracted driver gets in a car accident they are not hurt but the person in the other car is hurt very badly or even killed. then that persons family goes threw a lot of grieve

  237. I think that they could due more and enforce the rules a little better and make the punishments of things like texting behind the wheel greater. I also think that they need to ban talking on the phone except if you use a hands free device because almost every time we have almost been hit in the car it was by someone on the phone. I think that if they incresed the punishments for texting and driving less people would still do it.

  238. NO i don’t think they should make more laws saying u cant text while driving. or say they make a law that says you cant call people while driving well all that is crap.

  239. I think the federal government should do a lot more to stop distracted driving. I think if a person gets in a car accident from texting they should get some jail time. One reason to stop, is because it would cost a lot of money if a person got in a car accident.

  240. Well they should do more to prevent it, but im not sure what else they can do. they banned texting and stuff what will they do next ban eating. i mean They should be doing more to prevent distracted driving, but there could eventually come a point that what they are doing is going to far.

  241. The government should be doing more to stop or prevent distracted driving. If they tried more and cared more there wouldn’t be so many accidents and people dying and being injured. People don’t think they’re distracted when they really are. Texting is the biggest distraction and it should be banned everywhere but talking on the phone is good and bad. You could have an important call that you would have to take or you were calling 911 for some reason.

    • Talking on the phone in the car should only be allowed if it’s important like someone is calling you because someone broke into their house but why would you be calling 911 in the car?

  242. Yes and no because you can get distracted by anything. but when its something going on at a building of out side, like construction work that could distract drivers so the government cant really do anything about the work that needs to be done, but the driver does need to stay focus.

  243. Yes, I think that they should be doing a lot more for distracted driving. So many people are getting into accidents because of stupid things that they could be doing later on. More laws need to be made about the things people can do while driving, which will probably prevent accidents from happening.

  244. Yes i think that they could do a better job on stopping distracted driving. I realize that a lot of crashes come from beginning drivers and it is from, texting, eating, calling some one, or just looking off into a field to look at deer. Anything can distract you. The government just needs to stop the technological reasons for distracted driving.

  245. i think people should be punished for doing things like txting or calling while driving because it could also prevent accidents from happening and it would save people from getting hurt. the government cant do much for distractions while driving because people will break small laws like the no txting while driving rule.

  246. Yes, I think the Federal Government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. There are already plenty of distractions that occur naturally without the ones people create. The Government should try to stop the ones that they can so distractions become as minimal as possible.

  247. I think they should be doing more like having talk to text in cars where you plug in your phone and can use Siri through your car and it goes to your phone. If you have a droid you can talk to text through a car app or something. That would likely cause less accidents.

  248. Yes the Federal Government should be doing a lot more to prevent distracted driving. A lot of people are injured and die from it when it is preventable. They should be more involved in trying to stop it and raise more awareness of the consequences.

  249. i dont think they should be able to because its their fault if they get into an accident. i think that the government can make things to help stop distracted driving by having more bluetooth devices. wit technology becoming more advance they can just use speech to text

  250. Yes I think they government should be doing more so they can save life’s of innocent people. But people are still going to text anyway because if there was an emergency, your obviously going to respond. But banning texting will definitely lower the amount of crashes because of distracted driving.

  251. I think that the federal government should do more to prevent distracted driving so there wont be as many accidents or deaths due to distracted driving. Also they should slowly introduce it and not just throw it out there and give penalties unless the driver has caused a massive accident. They should start out with just warnings.

  252. I don’t really think its their responsibility to make sure that people are driving carefully. I think people need to take it upon themselves to watch the road and be careful when they are driving.

  253. i think the government should do more because if they don’t there will be more deaths do to car crashes and people just being stupid so i think they should do something about it.

  254. I think that the federal government SHOULD do more to prevent distracted driving. I think it would prevent a lot more car accidents, and save a lot of lives. Some people don’t care, and feel the need to text while driving, and they don’t understand how much danger they’re putting themselves and other people in. If the government creates more laws and rules to prevent distracted driving, more people would probably listen to it; but without rules, nobody is going to care enough to stop.

  255. I do think the government should put more effort into making people drive safely. The way they could do this would be to make laws that prohibit talking on a phone or other types of distracted driving, and if people are caught doing it, they could get fined. This would stop many people from driving while distracted, and decrease the number of accidents attributed to distracted driving.

  256. I think the Federal Government should be doing more to prevent distracting driving. People don’t realize that it only takes a couple of seconds for something to go wrong. There are so many fatal car accidents do to being distracted in the car.

  257. Yes I think the government should be doing more to protect people from distracted driving. Thousands of people are injured or even killed by distracted driving. I think if the government does more to protect us from distracted driving, then less people will get injured or die while on the road.

  258. They should try to stop distracted driving. The police need to watch in on the road more often. Or the phones need to be able to understand what the people are saying.

  259. Yes i think the government should be trying a little harder to stop distracted driving. i think that because so many people get in so many accidents and even die from distracted driving. nobody should have to die over a text that can wait until the next stoplight.

  260. yes because more people are getting in car crash and most of them are distracted driving. and if they stop it you do not have to worried about car coming in or lain.

  261. I don’t think they need to do to much more. I say that because everything can be distracting. Another car and animal crossing the road there is a lot of things that can be distracting not just texting or talking on the phone.

  262. i think that the government should do more to prevent distracted driving. but people are just going to disregard the laws like “no texting wile driving” people still do that. and their really inst much they could do because their is always distractions in the car or on the side of the road. in the car there is most of the time other people in it that talk to you and if no one is in the car you talking or texting on your phone. and on the side of the road there is always dead animals or car accidents that can easily distract a driver.

  263. Of course they should be doing more to stop detracted drivers. Even though they “ban” texting whilst driving it’s not going to stop people from doing it. People are always going to drink and drive and text and all that bim bam bibaty bop! But in the end it’s not going to stop anyone from doing it so there’s not a lot they can do to stop it so people are going to have the learn it the hard way.

    • Bim Bam Bibaty Bop I agree! People aren’t taking driving seriously, and that’s exactly how you die. You don’t take life seriously. The gov needs to take care of some serious bees knees soon.

    • Good post Austin. I agree. Kousa, be quiet

  264. I think that government really needs to crack down on distracted driving. There are tons of car accidents that happen yearly due to distracted driving. Answering a simple text takes 4 seconds, Is it worth your life to answer a text message? No, you can wait until you have stopped your car. Getting distracted in the car can cause accidents that sometimes result in the deaths of innocent people who were just trying to get somewhere. Three may not be much that the government can do but they still can punish those who are caught.

  265. yes I think they should do something about distracted driving but the question is how? how are you going to be able to even enforce that kind of rule or law?

  266. Yes they should because it keeps more people safe and alive. People will feel safer on the roads because they dont have to worry about someone swaying out and hitting them.

  267. Yes I think the government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. Its clearly a problem in the United states, so maybe they should open there eyes and take more control of what people do behind the wheel. I think banding any type of electronic in a car would be a good idea, because it would make people safe.

  268. I think that the government should enforce this law more. I think this because there is a lot of people who get hurt or even killed just because of distracted. I think this is also a crime because when you are a distracted driver, you are not just putting your safety at risk, you are also being a danger to others.

  269. Yes, i think the absolutely should, it stated in the video that distracted driving is a major problem and causes a huge amount of deaths, so there’s really no reason that they shouldn’t do something about it.

  270. i wish that they could but they cant do anymore to prevent distracted driving. it is to hard to tell if someone is doing it but maybe people will get some common sense and not do it anymore.

  271. i think that they should because so many people are seriously injured or killed in distracted driving car crashes. i think that they should make fines higher and punishments for distracted driving more severe. people should be more careful and wait to text, even if it may be important. i think that people also shouldnt eat and drive.

  272. Yes. Distracted driving is a big deal everywhere. They need to do whatever they can to stop it so nobody else gets hurt.

  273. Yes the government should be doing more to stop distracted driving because so many young kids text and drive and even adults and it kills a lot of people every year. But police cant pull over someone for texting and driving because it is hard to tell if they are texting but most likely they are. i hope one day everyone stops texting and driving and we wouldn’t have to worry about distracted driving.

  274. Yes i think they should because if they did ban it there would be less car acendents and more people would be alive. if they banned it more people would have better life and not mourn over their dead family members.

  275. yes i think that the Federal Government should be doing more to help with distracted driving. Many people have died because of this so i think the Federal government should help more. they could give places more money to figure things out on how to prevent this from happening. They could make more laws so people it could maybe cause people not to do it.

  276. I think the Federal government can try to do more. This would reduce the number of car accidents and make the roads safer. The government can try to prevent distracted driving but people will still drive distracted.

  277. Yes, I do think that the Federal Government should do more to stop distracted driving. They should make all states have the law of no texting while your driving. A lot of people may not like the law, but I’m sure they would like it better than being killed if they wern’t paying attention to the road. When your driving, your going from one place to another, if you know that someone would try and contact you while driving, you should tell them before you even get in the car.

    • I think that you are right here. They have a lot of distractions in the car with them and if they don’t get rid if that stuff then they could be at risk of a car crash!

  278. i think distracted driving is a big issue that needs to be stopped the question is how to stop it. the cops cant catch every body. because every body has some thing distracting them and like i said we cant catch every body

  279. Yes I think they should cause texting is growing at an incredible rate and the more people do text the more time people spend texting. Distraction are deadly so yes obviously they should do something about it.

  280. The Secretary of Transportation SHOULD definitely do more to stop distracted driving. Distracted driving can get people killed and for some people, they are even very cautious. However because of another persons driving, they had to pay consequences. Police however find it hard to stop people from texting while driving. So what they are doing is watching the person until they break another law, like maybe illegal lane changes, wreck less driving, or other, more expensive penalties. The government should however charge people more who have been in distracted driving accidents because its very dangerous to other people on the road who are actually driving.

  281. The only way I think the government can prevent distracted driving is outlawing texting while driving. Even then some people might still do it. It’s hard to control the bee that flies in your window and distracts you, so that’s the only way I can think of.

  282. No, i don’t think so. I think this because they have already made it illegal to drive and text, but how many people still do it, a lot! So wasting time, money, and rules they should just accept everyone is going to do it, and move on.

  283. Yes, I think that they should prevent that. This is why, A lot of people were killed in the past in 2010. The reason is that they were texting and not keeping there eyes on the road. And they have all theses distractions in the car with them like phones…. etc.

  284. Yes the government should be starting to help distracted driving. There are many innocence people that are getting killed because of people texting and not paying attention. Even there own kids die because they are texting and driving and they have a kid in the backseat.

  285. I think the government should do more to prevent distracted driving. This would eliminate some deaths and injuries.

  286. Yes I do think that the government should be able to that because its not just texting that can be distracting it can be pretty much anything around you can be distracting. That’s why i think the government should take more irresponsibility for distracting driving

  287. I think that they should make it a thing that is up to you and do it at your own risk. If the text is important and you don’t check something bad could happen. I think that most of the time when they come up with laws is so the police will bust you so they will get money.

  288. I think the federal government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. A lot of people die every year from distracted driving and it needs to stop. I think they can banned the use of cell phones while driving. I think that would lower the number of deaths every year because of distracted driving.

  289. Yes, I think the government should do more to prevent distracted driving. I think the government should make laws for it. Distracted driving is very dangerous because over 5,000 were killed and about 448,000 were injured.

  290. I think that the government should do more to prevent distracted driving because people still talk/text while driving. It can cost your life if you text/talk while driving because your focused on doing that then on the road. Not only endangering your life, but your endangering others as well.

  291. I think that they could be trying to do more but it is not going to work that well anyways. They put a law on no texting and driving but we still do it everyday. The people are not going to listen to the laws that involve them driving a certain way. So they could try to put another law out but it will probably wont work.

  292. I don’t think that could do much more then they already have. I think that they have done a lot to try and prevent it. Like they have made a law that you cant texts while driving and the hands-free phone in the car.

  293. Yes I do think that the federal government should be doing more to prevent distracted driving. I think that they should push states to band texting while driving because if all the states band it instead of 35 states then there shouldn’t be as many accidents that involve distractions. So the government should really push the law more.

  294. Yes, I believe the government should do more to put an end to distracted driving. It is getting people killed, and is harming others who are driving safely on the road. People need to learn to not use any technology that causes distractions.

  295. yes, the government should try to do more to prevent distracted driving, i don’t know how they could do it, but one thing though, its the own drivers fault, and for the government to help this, is to just keep drivers safe.

  296. yes because if they don’t do something people will die at a rapped pace. the family’s will need some one to blame and the government is right their and if they don’t do any thing they might have a lot of trouble l with people in the future. we need to teach people not to text and not to answer their cell phones or if they have to they should poll over to the side and then answer.

  297. I think the government should be doing more to help prevent distracted driving. Because too many people are loosing lives that they didn’t even do anything to get killed, it could be the other person behind the wheel. They need to make it safer for everyone because it can cost a lot for car repair and the medical bills they get for getting hurt in a car accident. So they need to work harder to make the roads a safer place for everyone.

  298. I think for right now banning texting while driving is all they can do. I don’t think people listen to this law anyway even if it might save there life. I wish they could do more but i don’t think there is much they can do now.

  299. yes because there’s alot of accidents that happen. The distractions are causing people to die. They arnt supposed to text and drive but people still do because they don’t understand that they could hurt or kill someone even them self’s.So i hope this will help distract drivers to keep there eye on the road and not on other things because driving is a serious thing.

  300. I think they should be doing more to prevent distracted driving, there really isn’t much to do besides make more laws, which some people won’t be following, but if the fines are really high & there’s more police on the rode to catch them, then i’m sure that people will either stop or do it less.

  301. Yes it is very dangerous for people to be distracted the wheel. Not only is it dangerous people can get killed by it. I think the government should do more to prevent this from happening.

  302. Yeah the Federal Government should be doing more things to prevent distracted driving because a lot of people are dying every year due to texting, talking on the phone, and just getting distracted. they should make new laws or be doing something differently because if the number of car accidents doesn’t decrease because of the texting law then they should do something different.

  303. I don’t think the federal government could do that much to prevent distracted driving besides have harsher punishments for people who are caught. The government can’t be in the car with you to make a choice so the only way they could control the problem would be to have police crack down harder on it.

  304. i think the government should be trying to do more to prevent distracted driving. distracted driving will put everyone in danger and nobody wants that. if the government does decide to help they should do it as quick as possible because more and more people are going to die.

  305. YES I THINK THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PUT MORE EFFORT INTO MAKING PEOPLE DRIVE SAFELY. There are many accidents in the u.s and a lot of those are caused by distracted driving. For example: Phones. They are a huge distraction because you have to take your eyes off of the road to use your phone.

    • Good reply. You state your opinion with some examples. However, i do think that you can add more detail in there to show your understanding of the question more.

    • I like your enthusiasm. People should put their phone on silent, and somewhere they won’t see them while driving.

  306. I think they should be doing alot more to stop it. One reason is many people dont realize that when they are texting or distracted that it endangers them and everyone around them. I think all the states and country’s should banned texting and talking on the phone on the roads.

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