Evaluation of a Distracted Driving Enforcement Program: Enforcing Texting Laws

Distracted driving laws vary across the States in how they are written and how they can be enforced. Some laws specify particular behaviors, such as reading, writing, and sending a text message, but don’t include the many other actions that could be executed on a hand-held device, such as dialing a phone number, searching the internet, or emailing. Laws like this require enforcement to differentiate between particular actions, a requirement identified as challenging by States in the Governors Highway Safety Association's 2013 Distracted Driving Survey. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working with Massachusetts and Connecticut to develop and test tactics for enforcing texting laws. This evaluation describes the tactics used by law enforcement in these States and summarizes first-hand experiences shared by the participating law enforcement on the strengths and weaknesses of the enforcement tactics tested.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See "Evaluating the Enforceability of Texting Laws: Strategies Tested in Connecticut and Massachusetts" (DOT HS 812 367, Mar. 2017).

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $936083
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTNH22-09-D-00136-0005

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Byrd, Mary

  • Performing Organizations:

    M. Davis and Company, Incorporated

    Philadelphia, PA  United States 
  • Start Date: 20120925
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170300
  • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Distracted driving

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01616415
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-09-D-00136-0005
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2016 4:18PM