The latest tactic promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its campaign "to save lives and cut down on traffic accidents" -- and possibly get an increase in its $931,000,000 yearly budget (FY 2013) from Congress and to give Tennessee $16,500,00.00 under the Governor's Highway Safety Office -- is its emphasis on "distracted driving". See http://www.distraction.gov/.
Most people have probably heard about, seen or experienced the variety of tests police give to suspected drunk drivers to try to determine if individuals are impaired. These tests are collectively referred to as standard field sobriety tests (SFST). Many people may be surprised to learn that they may refuse an officer's request to take them, and generally it is in a person's best interests to decline to have them administered.
The issue of distracted driving has been gaining a lot of attention recently. Despite increased awareness, however, numerous drivers continue to engage in this dangerous behavior. This has prompted actions by lawmakers and federal officials.