In a modern world, technological advances are needed to regulate technological advances. Phones, in particular, have become the subject of much regulatory discussion -- especially with regard to distracted driving.
With distracted driving accidents on the rise, phone makers have faced increasing pressure to do something about the problem.
Compared with other states, New Mexico has a high rate of pedestrian accidents. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in recent years the average number of pedestrian deaths per capita in New Mexico was two times higher than the national average.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently announced that 88 percent of young millennial drivers engaged in at least one incident of risky behavior in the last month while behind the wheel. This earns them the dubious honor of being the drivers that are most likely to get into accidents or cause them.
New Mexico state lawmakers have passed a bill that would increase the penalty for texting while driving from $25 to $100, with subsequent offenses also carrying a higher fine. The state Senate approved the bill, which will now go to the House for consideration.
A few months ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an initiative urging phone makers to include a "driver mode" in smartphones. The feature, similar to the airplane mode that has long existed in handheld devices, would block apps and features that distract drivers.