As a father of two, I know how important it is to keep our roads safe. And keeping our roads safe means keeping them free from distracted drivers.

Texting and cell phone use behind the wheel significantly increases a driver's risk of crashing. Even a single, momentary distraction while driving can cause a lifetime of devastating consequences.

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation has pushed for good laws, tough enforcement, and increased public awareness to help combat the deadly epidemic of distracted driving.

These efforts are already paying dividends. Today, 44 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban texting while driving for drivers of all ages. Fourteen states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban drivers of all ages from using hand-held cell phones while driving. Our research shows that when these laws are enforced, distracted driving incidents go down.

As we look to the future, DOT will continue to build on the progress achieved by the many anti-distracted-driving advocates across America, including the two million people who have visited this website. And we will continue to be a leader in the fight to end distracted driving. But, we can't do it alone.

We're counting on people around the country - students, parents, educators, employers - to make a pledge to drive distraction-free and encourage others to do the same.

Please use the resources here on Distraction.gov to get the facts on distracted driving and find ways to get involved. By working together, we can help make our roads safer for all Americans.

Anthony Foxx - Secretary of Transportation


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