U.S. DOT’s Distracted Driving Summit: Follow it Live

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is hosting a summit on the issue of distracted driving — specifically, driving while texting — with an eye to marshaling support for a national ban on the practice. 

To follow the summit as it unfolds, check out the agency’s live-blog or visit the live webcast of the proceedings. The event will run through tomorrow afternoon.

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