Bill Seeks to Add Distracted Driving to Drivers Ed

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A bill awaiting the governor’s signature would require prospective drivers to receive instruction that covers distracted driving.

Drivers Education includes four hours of instruction about the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The bill would add distracted driving to the aforementioned four-hour period.

The measure passed the Iowa House in February and earlier this week, the bill was approved by the Senate without debate.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, nearly 1,100 accidents in 2019 were caused by distracted driving (a motorist operating a vehicle while preoccupied with a cell phone or other electronics). Three people died and 538 were injured in those crashes.

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