Distracted Driving Summit Held In DC

By Scott Sarvay

September 21, 2010 Updated Sep 21, 2010 at 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON DC (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Tougher laws to govern what you do while behind the wheel of a vehicle, was taken up in the nations capital on Tuesday.

The Obama Administration says that's what is needed to make sure drivers keep their eyes on the road and off their cell phones.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says progress has been made on pushing states to target drivers sending text messages and using mobile devices behind the wheel, but there are still too many fatalities caused by inattentive motorists.

LaHood says, “Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible, and in a split second its consequences can be devastating. There's no call or e-mail so important that it can't wait."

LaHood's comments came during the Obama Administration's second summit on distracted driving.

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