July 27, 2010

2nd National Distracted Driving Summit scheduled

To build on the growing momentum sparked by the first summit last fall, the second National Distracted Driving Summit will be held Sept.21, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood will convene leading transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, industry representatives, researchers, and victims affected by distraction-related crashes to address challenges and identify opportunities for national anti-distracted driving efforts.

Last fall, Secretary LaHood sparked a national conversation on distracted driving when he held a Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C. The Obama Administration immediately committed to lead by example, by enacting an Executive Order banning all text messaging by four million federal employees while they're driving government-owned vehicles, driving any vehicle on official government business or using mobile devices issued by the government while behind the wheel.

Secretary LaHood also taped a national PSA and launched a new government Website — www.distraction.gov — to provide the public with a comprehensive resource about how to get involved.

At this year's event, experts from around the country will explore accomplishments since the first summit, as well as the many challenges that lie ahead. Key topics will include research, technology, policy, public outreach and best practices in enforcement.

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