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Distracted Driving Summit
Posted By Gary Wamsley On March 25, 2010 @ 6:37 pm In Guest column,Voices & Thoughts | Comments Disabled
Saturday, March 27th from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FORT COLLINS—On Saturday, Congresswoman Betsy Markey will host a Distracted Driving Summit at the Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus in Ft. Collins.
The Summit will being together local and national leaders in transportation safety to discuss putting an end to distracted driving.
Lory Student Center
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey
House Transportation Committee Chairman James Oberstar
Dave Teater, National Safety Council
Shelley Forney, FocusDriven
David Strickland, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator
According to a recent National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, 80 percent of all traffic incidents and 65 percent of all near-crashes involve some type of distraction. Driver distraction was reported to have been involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in 2008, a 12 percent increase since 2004.
In 2008, 9-year-old Erica Forney of Fort Collins, Colorado was struck and killed by a distracted driver while riding her bicycle home from Coyote Ridge Elementary school.
“Having experienced this tragedy in my own community, this is an issue of particular importance to me,” said Rep. Markey, “When any of us get behind the wheel of a car, driving safely and responsibly should be our top priority. Increasing awareness of this dangerous trend is an important step to keeping our families, neighborhoods, and communities safe. ”
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