Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New York Hosts United Nations Conference on Distracted Drivers

Meeting of International Panel to Discuss Texting and Cell Phone Problem
Shipping News Feature

US – There will be a meeting at the North Lawn Building, UN Headquarters, New York tomorrow the 19th May to investigate the problems posed by in cab and in car communications. Senior representatives from various fields will take part including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, United States Ambassador Susan Rice, United States Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin and Jennifer Smith, President of Focus Driven.

With approximately 600 million passenger cars on the road today, not to mention the number of freight and delivery trucks and vans, plus 4.6 billion cell phone subscriptions worldwide, the deadly epidemic of distracted driving is on the rise. Distracted drivers are about four times as likely to be involved in a crash as those who are focused on driving, and drivers who are texting are more than 20 times more likely to crash than non-distracted drivers.

In 2008, nearly 6,000 people in the United States were killed and more than half a million were injured in crashes involving distracted driving. As mentioned in our article on the subject of distracted rail drivers this is a subject which, pursued relentlessly by individuals like Mr LaHood and organisations like Focus Driven will not go away until laws and penalties are in place to ensure the problem is under control.