In an effort to track accidents caused by cellphone use, states are being asked to report crashes caused by distracted drivers, the Associated Press reports.
Federal highway safety agencies and the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway officials, developed the new guidelines, which were issued Tuesday. They ask the police to say whether a driver was distracted and if that distraction was caused by a cellphone, a radio, another passenger, another vehicle or something else. States are asked to collect a total of 111 pieces of information from each crash under voluntary guidelines.
Almost all states use some form of the voluntary crash reporting guidelines, which were first issued five years ago to help standardize crash reports so it is easier to compare data from state to state. The data can then be used to determine accident trends and to develop laws to reduce traffic deaths.