The government has announced plans for a summit on distracted driving with an eye on saving lives and holding down auto insurance rates.
This week, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the summit would be held in September and would focus on texting, as well as other forms of distracted driving, which can often include activities like talking on a cell phone.
"We've learned from past safety awareness campaigns that it takes a coordinated strategy combining education and enforcement to get results. That's why this meeting with experienced officials, experts and law enforcement will be such a crucial first step in our efforts to put an end to distracted driving," said LaHood, who expressed support for a ban on texting while driving.
The Transportation Department cited some recent fatalities involving texting while driving. LaHood also indicated that after the summit, he will be announcing some new steps that will "make drivers think twice about taking their eyes off the road for any reason." People who do cause accidents as a result of distracted driving can often expect to pay higher auto insurance rates for years.