A new transportation bill before congress seeks to reward states that ban texting and driving with money, but is it ethical?
The major argument against the idea is that this incentive is federal manipulation of state law. But it would undoubtedly cause some states to change their laws to decrease accident rates. In 2010, vehicle deaths attributed to distracted driving reached 3,092, according to NHTSA.
Under the new law, states that outlaw texting from behind the wheel, stop drivers younger than 18 from using cell phones of any kind while driving and take other actions to combat distracted driving would qualify for the benefits, as long as a piece of the compensation money also went into anti-distracted driving programs.
The bill proposes $78 million to be allocated as compensation money, but many politicians believe that it could be used more effectively elsewhere within the system. “Make our roads safer by making sure that our roads and our infrastructure are in the best shape,” said Tennessee representative Diane Black.
[Source: LA Times]