In August, I announced we would convene a summit of safety experts to help us figure out a way to reduce distracted driving. This summit will give safety leaders from across the nation a forum to identify, target, and tackle the fundamental elements of this problem.
We've all observed the rise of this dangerous practice, so let's be clear:
We must act now to stop distracted driving from becoming a deadly epidemic on our nation's roadways.
The summit will bring together respected leaders for interactive sessions on data, research, technology, policy, and outreach. I'm excited by the number of professionals who have agreed to share their expertise with us, and I look forward to the day we can end this dangerous habit.
And, so anyone who's interested can attend the summit virtually, we're webcasting the sessions and allowing people to submit questions online to each panel. I think this is a great development, one that allows experts and the general public to come together on a very serious matter.
Folks, we need drivers' eyes and minds on the road. I hope this summit is a practical first step toward that goal.