Ray LaHood to hold second distracted driving summit in Sept.

United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and President Barack Obama

The U.S. DOT is set to hold a second distracted driving summit in September. September could also possibly see Congress considering an overhaul of our auto safety laws. DOT boss Ray LaHood said that his second summit will aim to bring together “leading transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, industry representatives, researchers and victims affected by distraction-related crashes.”

“Working together, we can put an end to the thousands of needless deaths and injuries caused by distracted driving each year,” LaHood said in a statement. “By getting the best minds together, I believe we can figure out how to get people to put down their phones and pay attention to the road.”

Just before recess in June, the Senate Commerce Committee gave the go-ahead on legislation that deals with distracted driving and a broader overhaul of American auto safety laws, and they are expected to consider the issue further when they come back in September.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Detroit News