August 31, 2009
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U.S. DOT Summit Scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in DC
U.S. DOT has announced that Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 are the dates of its summit to determine the best ways to reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted driving—including on public transportation.
“Safety is our number one priority,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “As we become a more mobile and wireless nation, we can’t afford to ignore new technology’s impact on roadway safety.”
The event will bring together senior transportation officials, elected officials, safety advocates, law enforcement representatives, private sector representatives, and academicians to address a range of issues related to reducing accidents through enforcement, public awareness and education. Interactive sessions will examine topics including the extent and impact of distracted driving, current research, regulations, and best practices.
The second day will offer a panel of state and local officials to discuss solutions from their perspectives.
“This summit will not only bring leaders in transportation safety together to talk about this issue,” said LaHood, “It will also give people from all over the country—and world—the opportunity to be a part of this historic dialogue.”
To accommodate the strong response, the summit will be available live by webcast and members of the public will have an opportunity to submit questions online for each individual panel discussion.
Information and updates on the summit are available online.