The research group Consumer Reports and the U.S. Department of Transportation teamed up recently for a summit on the consequences of distracted driving. While talking or texting on a cell phone is probably the most common source of distraction for drivers these days, loud music and loud conversations among passengers, children, and even pets can all take a driver’s focus away from the road. In fact, the Oregon Legislature is considering a bill that would outlaw driving with a pet on the lap.
Among the speakers at the summit was U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, as well as victims of serious accidents caused by distracted drivers. According to LaHood, in 2009 there were 5,474 deaths and 450,000 serious injuries related to distracted driving.
Click here to watch a full video of the distracted driving summit.