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Measures to be assessed at Distracted Driving Summit

Posted On Wed, September 15, 2010

Distracted driving has become a major problem in the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says nearly 20 percent of all motor vehicle accidents were caused by a distracted driver in 2008. The U.S. Transportation Department will be holding their second national Distracted Driving Summit at the end of this month to help combat the problem.

There are numerous things that can cause a motorist to become distracted while behind the wheel. While text messaging and cell phone use have garnered most of the attention as of late, eating, grooming, and changing the radio are other common distractions.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says this year's meeting will be a good opportunity to reflect on the progress being made.

"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," said LaHood. "I look forward to hearing insights from our distinguished panelists and guests, and know that by working together, we will save lives."

Distracted driving is one way a motorist can be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Those who have traffic violations typically find themselves being charged higher auto insurance rates because they are considered a bigger liability.

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