Online communication tools will help get the word out about distracted driving.

Even if you’re not traveling to Washington D.C to attend the U.S. Department of Transportation’s  Distracted Driving Summit on September 21, you can still hear, see, read about and comment on the event as it occurs. The summit will offer live webcasts, blogging and tweets to carry the important message to more people and “make an even bigger dent in the deadly epidemic of distraction,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a recent blog post.

Experts from the transportation, law enforcement and communications industries will present information and participate in panel discussions.  Event organizers are inviting the public to submit questions to panelists before the event by emailing by close of business on September 20. Before emailing, check out the agenda and list of speakers so you can indicate who should answer your question.

To take advantage of the online access to the summit, visit on the day of the event.

Traffic deaths have fallen to an all time low in Utah and across the nation. Eliminating distracted driving can help promote that downward trend. Utah’s goal is to eliminate all fatalities.

UDOT Director talks to reporters at a Zero Fatalities media event. Preventing distracted driving is part of the Zero effort.

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