From the powerful momentum of last year's distracted driving summit, we've seen some important efforts emerge in the fight against this deadly epidemic. But we're not about to rest now.
That's why we're hosting a second National Distracted Driving Summit on September 21 here in Washington, DC. By getting the best minds together, we think we can figure out effective ways to get people to put down their phones and pay attention to the road.
So, we're gathering transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, industry representatives, researchers, and people affected by distraction-related crashes. We're going to put our heads together, and we're going to share the latest research, technology, policy, public outreach, and enforcement practices.
And when we're done with the summit, we're going to continue working to put an end to the thousands of needless deaths and injuries caused by distracted driving each year.
- Dozens of new state and local anti-distracted driving measures
- Federal texting ban for commercial truck and bus drivers
- Texting ban for federal employees
- Pilot enforcement campaigns in Hartford and Syracuse
- Distraction.gov web resource
- UN sponsored Global Call to End Distracted Driving
- Many, many grassroots efforts to educate drivers
We've learned a lot in the past year, but there is plenty of new information to share. So we have every reason to believe that we will emerge from this year's summit with even more momentum than last year.
And to make sure we attain that critical mass, we're going to webcast the summit again this year so anyone who can't attend can still benefit from the knowledge and experience we're bringing together. Stay tuned to distraction.gov's new 2010 Summit page as the date approaches for more information.
I'm thrilled with the progress we've made so far, but--with 6,000 people being killed annually by distracted driving and more than half a million others being injured--we can't afford to be satisfied. I know we can do more, and I'm confident this summit will help us take this fight to the next level.