The stories are wrenching. A distracted driver on a cell phone runs a red light t-boning another vehicle where the driver's son sits; fails to see a child on abicycle there to be seen; a truck slamming into the rear of a stopped school bus. Years ago groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) successfully changed attitudes towards drunk driving by bringing to life the horrors experienced by real-life victims and families. Based upon that model, two weeks ago the creation of FocusDriven, the first national nonprofit organization devoted specifically to raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, was announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
FocusDrivens new website, www.focusdriven.org, hosts information on distracted driving, help for victims and family members, and ways to get involved. Also, the Department of Transportation recently launched a federal w