I learned a bunch of stats about bike/car collisions in the LCI course, but, gee, those are all based on data collected before texting became so prominent. I’m guessing those numbers will look much different the next time they are updated. The League is working with Secretary LaHood to reduce the threat of distracted driving. Good to know that Washington State is a leader on this one.–Corrie
When an issue becomes a hot topic there is always the risk that it will burn hot for a time and then burn out. Distracted Driving drew a lot of heat in Secretary LaHood’s first year, so it’s good to see that the DOT is continuing to stoke the flames. They have announced the second National Distracted Driving Summit for Sept. 21, 2010. “Working together, we can put an end to the thousands of needless deaths and injuries caused by distracted driving each year,” said Secretary LaHood. “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.” League President Andy Clarke attended the summit last year and it was a successful event. Our involvement in the issue also continues. In early September, just a week before the summit, we will be leading a session on distracted driving, based on our Distracted Driving report, at the Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike Conference in Chattanooga, TN.