Last week, I announced that DOT would convene a summit in late September on distracted driving. Well, I must have touched a nerve, because the response has been enthusiastic and overwhelmingly supportive.
And now that we're getting toward back-to-school time, children all over the country will soon return to our roadways and sidewalks and crosswalks. So, it seems more important than ever to share with you the scope of the response to the upcoming summit and the message that distracted driving is just too dangerous.
Below is a news segment from WTHI in Indiana about one local program trying to raise awareness of this important message.
Everywhere I've gone since the announcement, people have been telling me the distracted driving horror stories they've witnessed or been victims of. And I mean everywhere. Everywhere I look, I read of an organization or a news editor echoing my call to end this dangerous practice.
Suddenly, everyone--Automakers, safety advocates, motorists' associations, insurance companies, school officials, trucking industry groups, lawyers for victims, lawyers for drivers, parents of victims, children of victims, law enforcement agencies; newspapers, websites, bloggers, tweeters, newsletters, television networks--is saying the same thing: distracted driving needs to stop.
Folks, I don't know what's going to come from the summit--I only know that too many people are being injured or killed by something that is completely within our own ability to stop. And I look forward to reporting back from the summit on this page next month.
In the meantime, please remember:
Letting your concentration drift, for any reason, while driving, endangers your life and the lives of others.
So, as our children head back to their schoolday routines, I ask you--as Secretary of Transportation, yes, but also as the grandfather of nine wonderful kids--please, let's keep our eyes and our minds on the road.