With text messaging behind the wheel posing an increasing threat to roadway safety in Virginia and around the country, the federal government will hold a summit conference in September to study the dangers of distracted drivers.

A recent Virginia Tech study indicated that a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident than a non-distracted motorist.

Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Transportation, various authorities–including administration officials, lawmakers, safety advocates, police, and academics–will convene in Washington, DC to discuss ideas about how to combat distracted driving.

“If it were up to me, I would ban drivers from texting, but unfortunately, laws aren’t always enough,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. “We’ve learned from past  safety awareness campaigns that it takes a coordinated strategy combining education and enforcement to get results. That’s why this meeting with experienced officials, experts and law enforcement will be such a crucial first step in our efforts to put an end to distracted driving.”

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate earlier this summer would require states to prohibit texting or emailing while operating a car or truck–or risk being stripped of 25% of their annual federal highway funds.

In the aftermath of the summit which will occur on a September date to be determined, LaHood added that he “plans to announce a list of concrete steps we will take to make drivers think twice about taking their eyes off the road for any reason.”

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