New Transportation Bill Includes State Grants To Curb Distracted Driving

June 30, 2012

In an unexpected and rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Congress has approved and sent to President Barack Obama a compromise transportation bill of approximately $105 billion that will keep highway and transit spending at current levels through the end of fiscal year 2014.

The transportation bill also includes incentives to states to crack down on distracted driving.

Specifically, the bill, as approved by both houses of Congress, would:

  • Require ignition interlock devices for DUI offenders
  • Establish graduated licensing programs that restrict teenagers’ driving privileges

The bill would also impose new safety rules on interstate passenger buses in response to a number of crashes involving tour buses and require automakers to encourage back-seat passengers to wear their seat belts.

On Friday, June 29, President Obama signed a temporary one-week extension of the measure to allow time for the full legislation to reach his desk. The president is expected to sign the full law in the coming days.

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