WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the agenda for the second national Distracted Driving Summit to be held here on Sept. 21.
Building on the success of last year's summit, Secretary LaHood will convene leading transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, industry representatives, researchers and victims affected by distraction-related crashes to address challenges and identify opportunities for national anti-distracted driving efforts. U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will also speak at the summit.
"Thousands of people are killed or injured every year in accidents caused by distracted drivers," LaHood said. "One year after our first national Distracted Driving Summit, we will reconvene to take stock of our progress and reassess the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to hearing insights from our distinguished panelists and guests, and know that by working together, we will save lives."
The 2010 Distracted Driving Summit will Webcast live at www.distraction.gov, enabling the participation of people around the country. LaHood is encouraging those who can't attend in person — particularly students and classrooms of young drivers — to tune in and help put an end to distracted driving in their communities.
People watching the summit via Webcast can also submit questions for panelists in advance by e-mailing questions to DDSummit@dot.gov and indicating which panel the question is for in the subject line.
To learn more about the efforts to stop distracted driving and to view the full agenda, click here.