Distracted driving is defined as driving while engaged in activity that has the potential to distract the driver from the task of driving such as texting or talking on a cell phone, applying make-up, eating, etc.
As the dangers of distracted driving became more and more clear, states began to fund awareness campaigns such as online videos of real-life tragedies from distracted driving and add laws to make it easier for police officers to pull drivers over issue tickets.
Use of handheld devices, while driving, is prohibited in 14 states and the District of Columbia and is considered a primary enforcement law. As for texting while driving, 46 states and D.C. ban text messaging for all drivers. All but 5 states have primary enforcement on their texting ban.
All of these laws and new restrictions have been put in effect because distracted driving has been responsible for too many accidents, injuries and deaths across the United States. It is ultimately the drivers' responsibility and drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and driving conditions before getting behind the wheel. Driving is a privileged and drivers need to remember that and take responsibility for their actions. Safety should come first.