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Transportation Department video aims to curb distracted driving

Posted On Tue, February 22, 2011

Distracted driving is on the road to becoming one of the most common causes of traffic accidents that result in injury. By putting faces to the names of people affected by distracted drivers, the U.S. Department of Transportation hopes to stem the tide.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the department's latest video in its "Faces of Distracted Driving" series, which can be viewed at the department's recently launched website, Distraction.gov. It features the story of a 21-year-old, Casey Feldman, who was struck and killed while crossing a street in New Jersey by a distracted driver.

"I'm honored that the Feldman Family chose to share their story in our series," said LaHood. "Distracted driving is an epidemic on our roadways, and I hope that everyone who hears Casey’s family and friends speak about their tragic loss will remember to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel."

According to the NHTSA, 5,500 people died and 500,000 were injured in 2009 due to cell phone use while driving. This increased risk is another factor auto insurance companies must take into consideration when assessing premium rates for drivers.

 

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