Transportation officials and safety advocates agree: Distracted driving is a major problem. The National Highway Transportation Safety
Administration says that 5,474 people were killed and an estimated 448,000 injured in 2009 in accidents that involved distracted driving.
The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent group that is the nation’s leading federal safety advocate, is hosting a forum in Washington Tuesday to discuss the topic and potential solutions. Last year the group called for a nationwide ban on cellphone use while driving.
“Attentive Driving: Countermeasures for Distraction”will be held at the NTSB Conference Center (429 L’Enfant Plaza SW). The forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be free and open to the public. If you can’t make it, the meeting will also be streamed online.
NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will moderate the forum, with the other four board members also participating. The forum will incorporate experts from federal and state government, vehicle manufacturers, safety advocacy groups, law enforcement organizations and research outfits.
The forum’s four panels are: Attention to Non-Driving Tasks; Distracted Driving Laws and Enforcement; Attentive Driving: Changing Attitudes and Behaviors; and Technology and Design Countermeasures. These panels will tackle things ranging from state laws and enforcement efforts to the different types of distracted driving.
If you or your organization want to submit something for inclusion on the forum’s public docket, you can e-mail it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you identify the panel for which you are submitting information.