Category Archives: Education

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood, Congressional Leaders and Jordin Sparks Join Allstate in Urging Americans to Stop Texting and Driving

WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Today, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joined singing sensation Jordin Sparks, Congressional leaders and Allstate senior executives to urge Americans to take a pledge not to text and drive.

“Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic, and we need to work together to stop thousands of unnecessary injuries and deaths every year,” said Secretary LaHood. “I applaud the efforts of Allstate to encourage Americans to take personal responsibility and help put an end to this dangerous behavior.”

Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation

Shreya Rekha Dixit, of Eden Prairie, MN, turned 19 on September 16, 2007. She joined University of Wisconsin, Madison as a sophomore in the fall to pursue a degree in International Business. Shreya completed the freshman year at Bryant University in Rhode Island where she was named to the Dean’s List for academic excellence. Her life was cut short when she was fatally injured in an accident on November 1, riding a car to spend the weekend with her family in Minnesota.

Hands-Free Info seeks to reduce the confusion over local laws and legislation regarding the operation of motor vehicles while using cell phones and text messaging devices. The legal landscape changes frequently, so this web site’s team stays busy keeping on top of the latest developments nationwide.

The site also is dedicated to reducing the number of distracted-driver accidents on U.S. highways by promoting the use of hands-free cell phone devices.

Texting And Driving Don’t Mix

News Center, along with AAA, recently put three young people to the multi-tasking test.  Each was asked to drive through an obstacle course while texting. It was a controlled environment with an expert adult driver in the car with them.

Each of the three hit some of the cones and one of the drivers actually ran over a cone and dragged it beneath the car.

“It teaches them that texting and driving don’t mix. They should be separate. And it is actually very difficult to do both well,” says Van Tassel.

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The Concentration Game

The Century Council has produced an interactive initiative called The Concentration Game which mimics distractions a driver may face. We encourage you to play the initiative and embed it on your website.

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Driver Distraction – Don’t Type a Comment on This Article if You’re Driving

Ford hosted another Driving Skills for Life driving camp in Washington D.C. just before a two-day summit created by the U.S. Department of Transportation on the topic of distracted driving. The connection of the two is a natural. The Ford Driving Skills for Life driving camp educates and trains teens on safe driving, and the U.S. government found that in 2008, the age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group. In fact, 16 percent of all under-20 drivers in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. Vehicle crashes are the top killer of teenagers in America, claiming nearly 5,000 lives each year. Additionally, teens account for three times as many fatal accidents as other drivers, according to the U.S. government.

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Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, DC

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHoodU.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a September summit to address the dangers of text-messaging and other distractions behind the wheel. In late September, senior transportation officials, elected officials, safety advocates, law enforcement representatives and academics will convene in Washington, DC to discuss ideas about how to combat distracted driving.

The summit will be conducted over the course of two days.

  • Wednesday September 30, 2009 8:30am – 5:00pm EST
  • Thursday October 1, 2009 7:30am – 1:15pm EST

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Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning to use Awareness Posters

On Monday, we learned that the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning will be using the free posters for use throughout their state to promote the dangers of texting while driving. We are delighted to be reaching new audiences and encourage other states to utilize the free awareness materials. TxtResponsibly Michigan! to attend the Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, DC. has received and accepted an invitation to attend the Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, DC. on behalf of the U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The Distracted Driving Summit will be convened by the Department of Transportation on September 30 – October 1, 2009 and will provide an opportunity for expert speakers from around the nation to lead interactive sessions on key topics including the extent and impact of the distracted driving problem, current research, regulations, technology implications, and best practices in enforcement and public outreach. More on Press Release.