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National Summit Focuses on Distracted Driving

Oct 06, 2009

New research from the National Transportation Safety Board shows that nearly 6,000 people died in crashes last year involving distracted or inattentive drivers.
New research from the National Transportation Safety Board shows that nearly 6,000 people died in crashes last year involving distracted or inattentive drivers. The data showed more than 500,000 were injured, and that on any given day last year 800,000 vehicles had someone using a hand-held cell phone at the wheel.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and others speaking at a national Distracted Driving Summit in Washington last week rebuked texting, using hand-held and hands-free cell phones, talking to passengers and even programming a GPS while driving as life-threatening distractions on the road. LaHood said he would offer recommendations that could lead to new restrictions on using the devices while driving. Read more on distracted driving summit here.