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Driver Education: Secretary LaHood Takes on Distracted Driving


Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Tuesday that he will convene a Distracted Driving Summit in Washington next month to figure out what to do about driver cell phone use and texting. Participants at the summit will include senior transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement representatives and more.

According to CTIA, the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry, the number of text messages sent or received has grown from nearly 10 billion messages a month in December 2005 to more than 110 billion messages in December 2008. Unfortunately, many of these messages occur while people are driving their cars.

“The public is sick and tired of people being distracted and causing accidents,” LaHood told a news conference. “We all know texting while driving is dangerous and we are going to do something about it so that responsible drivers don’t have to worry about it when they or a loved one get on the road.”

Teens taking driving education will have to face new laws banning the use of wireless communication. Patrick Barrett, founder of Driver Ed in a Box®,, stated “Distracted driving isn’t new, it’s just getting much worse. It has reached epidemic proportions and it’s time we do something about it. Secretary Lahood’s call for a summit on this matter is a step in the right direction.”

For more information about the use of cell phones and driving, please see our blog at For teenagers, cell phones and driving are like drinking and driving – a deadly combination.

Can anything be done to make teens safe drivers?

A Texas study demonstrates that certain teen drivers have fewer crashes. According to the Texas study, these teens use a product called Driver Ed in a Box®. Mr. Barrett states “Parents who follow the Driver Ed in a Box® program provide nine months to a year of extended supervised training to teach their teen to drive. And fortunately, our product walks you through the complete process step by step.”

According to Mr. Barrett, “A review of the driving records of the graduates of our parent-taught driver education course, Driver Ed in a Box®, shows that our 16 year old graduates have a collision rate of only 1.7%. Studies show that 16 year old drivers in the state of Texas using other methods of driver education have a collision rate of 11.4%.” This study can be viewed at

About Driver Ed in a Box, LLC:
Driver Ed in a Box, LLC was started by Patrick L. Barrett (Pat), a nationally known expert in training for collision-free driving. We are a company with a mission to provide families with the knowledge and tools necessary to build the habits of safe, collision-free driving.


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