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Distracted Driving

Drive 4 Pledges Day urges nationwide action to end texting while driving

If you support the nationwide effort to end texting while driving, today is a day to take the fight to the next level.  With Drive 4 Pledges Day, the people behind the effective It Can Wait campaign are urging you to pledge to never text and drive and to ask others to do the same.

Sharing your commitment has never been easier, thanks to  There, you can get resources to help you personalize your efforts and spread your message on social media. From profile and cover pics to hashtags, has everything you need to make this important cause your own.

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As Transportation Secretary Foxx said, "Texting while driving claims too many lives, and raising awareness of this completely preventable tragedy is key to saving them.”

Safety partners team up to fight distracted driving

At a time when millions of Americans are traveling or thinking about summer travel on our roadways, there is no time like the present to stay focused on driving safety. A moment's distraction behind the wheel can be all it takes to turn your summer vacation into a tragic crash.

Fortunately, DOT has terrific safety partners to help get the word out that distracted driving threatens the safety of everyone on the road. AAA and the Automobile Club of Southern California have teamed up with DreamWorks Animation for a special public service announcement aimed at reducing distracted driving. 

The PSA features AAA IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves and Turbo, a character from the new 3D racing comedy, Turbo. Together, these two "drivers" do a great job sharing a great message!

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Latest Video in the “Faces of Distracted Driving” Series

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today released the latest video in the Department of Transportation’s “Faces of Distracted Driving” series. The new clip features a mother whose 12-year-old son was killed in 2004 when a young woman driving a Hummer and talking on her cell phone ran a red light and crashed into their vehicle a mile from their home in Spring Lake, Michigan.

U.S. DOT Releases New “Faces of Distracted Driving” Video Featuring Family of Heather Lerch

Dan and Wendy Lerch of Rochester, Washington Speak About the Loss of Their 19-year-old Daughter Heather

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today released the latest video in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Faces of Distracted Driving” series, featuring the family of 19-year-old Heather Lerch from Rochester, Washington.


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