We’re here today to deal with a very, very serious problem.
To put it plainly, distracted driving is a menace to society. And it seems to be getting worse every year.
This trend distresses me deeply, both on a personal level, and as the nation’s chief executive for transportation safety.
So today, we’re kicking off a two-day summit that’s going to look at this deadly epidemic from every angle.
We’re bringing together top experts in safety, transportation research, regulatory affairs, and law enforcement to help us identify, target, and tackle the fundamental elements of this problem.
We're including a panel of teens and young adults because this obviously affects them, and their perspective and ideas are important to changing the behavior of their peers.This morning, I met with several men and women who have suffered as a result of accidents caused by distracted driving. These are people, not statistics. And I'm so proud of them for participating in today's summit, sharing their stories, and reminding everyone how much is at stake here, how much can be lost when a driver's attention is distracted for even a second.
I'm just really looking forward to this summit and the wide ranging expertise of our panelists.
The media have done a great job of raising awareness of the valuable work we're trying to do here. We've got our own team live-blogging the events as they happen on this page. We've got a live webcast that will feature not only a video/audio stream but the speakers' slides as well. And that same webcast allows people from all over the country to submit questions to our experts.
It's an extraordinary coming together, but it's an extraordinarily serious epidemic. Let's all buckle up and get ready to do something about it together.