Last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the White House will hold a summit in September to address the dangers of distracted driving.
Legislatures in many states have already outlawed cell phone use (both texting and talking on the phone) while driving. The national government plans on tackling the issue next month at this summit, where senior transportation officials, elected officials, safety advocates, law enforcement representatives and academics will meet in Washington, DC, to talk about the safety issues of distracted driving.
“If it were up to me, I would ban drivers from texting, but unfortunately, laws aren’t always enough,” said Sec. LaHood. “We’ve learned from past safety awareness campaigns that it takes a coordinated strategy combining education and enforcement to get results.”
So what can you do to combat distracted driving?
- Don’t use your cell phone, eat or carry too many passengers with you while you’re driving.
- If you’re friends are using their cell phone, eating or becoming distracted by their passengers, tell them to stop. Contrary to what you think, they won’t hate you for it.
- Spread the message to your friends and family. You could save a life.
Stay tuned to t-driver.com for updates on the distracted driving Summit.