The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold its second annual National Distracted Driving Summit on September 21, 2010, in Washington, D.C., according to a press release by the agency.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will gather transport officials, law enforcement, researchers, industry representatives, safety advocates and victims of distraction-related accidents to examine ideas for national efforts to curb distracted driving. This year’s meeting is being held in hopes of building on the momentum created by the 2009 summit.
“Working together, we can put an end to the thousands of needless deaths and injuries caused by distracted driving each year,” said Secretary LaHood. “By getting the best minds together, I believe we can figure out how to get people to put down their phones and pay attention to the road.”
Last year’s summit sparked a flurry of anti-distracted driving efforts, including an Executive Order by President Obama that banned all text messaging in federal vehicles and numerous state texting bans. The DOT also helped to establish FocusDriven, a non-profit advocacy organization against distracted driving.
Research by the NHTSA shows that in 2008, nearly 6,000 people died and more than half a million were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. More than 20 percent of all crashes that same year involved some type of distraction.
You can read the full press release here or visit www.distraction.gov to learn more about distracted driving.
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