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Castle Supports Resolution To Bring Awareness To Distracted Driving

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Castle Supports Resolution To Bring Awareness To Distracted Driving

Today, Delaware Congressman Mike Castle reiterated his support for safe driving awareness by supporting legislation considered by the U.S. House of Representatives designating April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month (H.Res. 1186). Rep. Castle also highlighted the importance of the STANDUP Act, federal legislation he introduced in April 2009 with Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) aimed at reducing deaths and injuries among young drivers and others who share the road.

"In 2008, 5,870 people lost their lives and an estimated 515,000 people were injured as the result of distracted drivers," said Rep. Castle. "It is critical that we do everything possible to prevent additional individuals, young and old, from being victims of distracted driving."

"I am pleased that today the House of Representatives considered this important resolution to bring further awareness to this critical issue. Because drivers under 20 have the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes, I remain hopeful that Congress will soon consider the STANDUP Act which would implement a federal graduated driver's license law for teenage drivers. Using effective policies developed in Delaware, the federal STANDUP Act seeks to establish nationwide requirements to keep teens, and those who share the roads with them, safe."

Distracted driving comes in various forms, such as cell phone use, texting while driving, eating, drinking, talking with passengers, as well as using in-vehicle technologies and portable electronic devices. H.Res. 1186 designates April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and encourages all people in the United States to consider the lives of others on the road and avoid distracted driving.

Rep. Castle has consistently supported efforts to promote strong transportation safety legislation and introduced the STANDUP Act to reduce deaths and injuries among young drivers.


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