“And yet we still see people driving down the road with their eyes, hands and minds on their cell phone instead of where they need to be, focused on driving.”  Cotton cited a recent paper published by West Virginia University researchers in The Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that distracted driving is becoming a bigger problem despite passage of laws aimed at curtailing the dangerous behavior.

The authors of “Keeping an Eye on Distracted Driving,” Dr. Jeffery H. Coben and Dr. Motao Zhu, called on the federal government to set new standards which would require the development of technology to curb distractions, including devices that would prevent the use of handheld cell phones in moving cars. The authors also say they expect the problem to get worse, in part because new, inexperienced drivers increasingly see texting and other electronic communication as a major part of their lives.