Citing a “powerful momentum” from last year’s national summit on distracted driving, the Department of Transportation plans a sequel for Sept. 21.
DOT chief Ray LaHood sent out the call to transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, mobile phone and auto industry reps, safety researchers, and those whose lives have been shattered by distracted drivers. The event will be in Washington, D.C.
LaHood, who has seen his personal brand soar with his campaigning on the distracted driving issue, says a new national summit is needed:
“We’ve learned a lot in the past year, but there is plenty of new information to share. … 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,” LaHood wrote on his “Fast Lane” DOT blog.
“We’re not about to rest now,” LaHood wrote.
The DOT pointed to these accomplishments since the 2009 Distracted Driving Summit: