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The federal government is stepping up its enforcement of distracted driving.

Just days after a Massachusetts teen was convicted of vehicular homicide for texting while driving, the United States Department of Transportation has announced a new "blueprint for ending distracted driving."

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced on Thursday that the federal government will spend $2.4 million to help curtail distracted driving in the states of California and Delaware. Both states currently ban texting and cell phone use while driving.

The program will essentially ramp up enforcement of the states' distracted driving laws. LaHood claims that similar initiatives in Hartford, Conn. and Syracuse, N.Y. Have reduced texting while drive by 72 percent and 32 percent, respectively.

To date 39 states have tetxing while driving laws on the books - with another 10 that ban all-forms of hand-held phone sues - but about 1 in 10 traffic deaths are still related to distracted driving in the United States. Nearly 3,100 people lost their lives due to distracted driving in 2010, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"I call it an epidemic," LaHood said, "despite the fact those deaths are 100% preventable."

The DOT is hopeful that the blueprint will prompt the remaining 11 states to enacted distracted driving laws.